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Firefly Books Ltd

Simply the most astonishing book on shells ever published.

Jacques Senders is a malacologist whose work allows him the opportunity to collect rare shells from all over the world. Shells presents his beautiful collection to the public for the first time through the stunning photographs of Paul Starosta and the expert commentary of other malacology professionals. Together, they have created a gorgeous and loving study of exquisite creations from the world's oceans.

Shells surveys the history of shells and examines their connection with nature, art, architecture and other disciplines. It includes the latest research, and conveys the joys of collecting shells. Paul Starosta's remarkable photographs bring the reader close to the shells' transparent colors and intricate shapes.

From Aristotle, to the explorers who created the first collections, to today's researchers and collectors, Shells offers a beautiful and comprehensive look at a fascinating subject.

Beachcombers pick up shells and contemplate them. Scientists find them curious and extraordinarily beautiful. Shells are treasures to all humankind, and this book is an elegant tribute to our affectionate relationship with them.

Among the book's highlights:

  • How shells are formed
  • Shells as the object of admiration, curiosity and scientific investigation
  • How humans have utilized shells
  • The origins of shells' names
  • The science of mollusks, their lives and characteristics
  • The different families of mollusks.

A photographic album of one of the world's best shell collections with commentary by professional in the field. The book includes a survey of shell history, their formation, their connection with nature, art, architecture and other disciplines.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, ON : Firefly Books, c2007
ISBN: 9781554073214
Branch Call Number: OS 594 Sta
Characteristics: 379 p. : col. photos
Additional Contributors: Portoghesi, Paolo
Senders, Jacques


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