With fine professional hand colouring, this very rare original copperplate engraving of a sea bass is from the second edition of Francis Willughby's. De Historia Piscium libri quatuar.It was the first large work on fishes in England, marking a new era in ichthyology that clearly described and classified fishes according to nature and based on their characteristics drawn only from their structure. Although naturalist Francis Willoughby (1635 -1672) is the only one named on the title page. Was very much a partnership with English theologian and eminent scientist, John Ray (1627 - 1705) who he met in Cambridge in 1652. Their love and study of nature led them to gather the principal material for the text volume from a journey they made to France, Germany and Italy between 1663 and 1666. Willughby described and dissected all the fishes they obtained and Ray classified them.
Other species were assembled from earlier descriptions. The majority of the surperb illustrations were taken from such illustrious authors as.All the engravings were paid for by several members of the Royal Society of London, including the Society's president Samuel Pepys to whom the work is dedicated. 416/420; Pietsch, Cuvier - Historical Portrait of the Progress of Ichthyology 1995, p. You can be sure of owning an original print that is beautifully produced. And is also a good investment. With our extensive knowledge and meticu lous research their authenticity is guaranteed.
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