The Book of Shells


I’ve added a new title to my library wish list, The Book of Shells.  The life-size edition classifies over 600 seashells and for a budding collector like myself (geeky, I know…) it’s a very exciting thing.  Did you know the Matchless Cone (second from top) was one of the rarest shells of the 18th century?  At an auction in 1796 a Matchless Cone sold at six times the price of a Vermeer painting.  Apparently I’m not the only one that loves seashells!

(via The New York Times)

7 comments on “The Book of Shells

  1. Diane @ InMyOwnStyle

    Hi Katie-

    Shells are my favorite item to collect – anything from the sea… I just bought my first Japanese fishing float and am sooo excited about it. My mother-in-law used to live on Sanibel Island, Fl and over the years I have collected quite a few shells. I recently posted a no- sew window valance I made with some of them. Shells make me :)

  2. Kate

    Katie, I use to work at a seashell shop (and yes, it was also by the seashore) and I had to learn about so many different fancy shells. My favorite is the green turban – look it up! You should definitely get the book! Especially if it has pictures. :)


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