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Marcus Elieser Bloch
Tub Fish; Trigla Hirundo
Berlin, 1785. This striking, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Marcus Elieser Bloch’s Ichthyologie, ou Histoire Naturelle Generale et Particuliere des Poissons. The work was published in Berlin between 1785 and 1797.Ichthyologie is noted as ". the finest illustrated work on fishes ever produced. The plates, by a variety of artists and engravers, are outstandingly coloured, and are heightened with gold, silver, and bronze to produced the metallic sheen of fish scales." (Nissen)Bloch was a medical doctor before he became fascinated with fish later in his life. He collected several of his own specimens to produce this famous work which described over 200 species of fish. --- The work is in very good to excellent condition overall. Occasionally the plate marks can be trimmed due to the size of the paper and can be common with this work. There may be some minor imperfections but generally clean. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.
Bookseller: Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books [Franklin, TN, U.S.A.]
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