In Plantae per Galliam, Hispaniam et Italiam observatae, published in Paris in 1714, Jacques Barrelier (1606-1673) describes and illustrates the flora of south-west Europe. The book begins with 140 pages of Latin text, but by far the bulk of this weighty volume consists of engraved copper-plate illustrations. Accurate though making little concession to artistry, they are arranged four to a page and number 1,327 in all. Strangely, at the end of the book there are three plates depicting shells. Could it be that shells came as a relief to Barrelierus after drawing all those flowers?