Circa 1686 Antique hand-colored engraving various fish


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Medium: Engraving on hand-made lined paper with full plate marks. Recent hand-coloring.

Full sheet size(with blank margins): app. 9.25" x 14.25"

Source: Francis Willughby's "De historia Piscium libri quatuor, jussu & sumptibus Societatis Regiae Londinensis editi..." This first edition work was published in London in 1686.

About the work: Willughby's book, which was completed post-humously by John Ray, was the first large work on fishes published in England and marked a new era in ichthyology. The plates for the work were engraved by Paul van Somers, which was supervised by Martin Lister. Willughby was a naturalist and one of the original members of the Royal Society. At Trinity College, Willughby befriended his tutor John Ray and financed travel through Europe to research and collect material for their scientific works. Willughby (22 November 1635 – 3 July 1672) died at the age of 37 from pleurisy, probably related to pneumonia.


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