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Elegant Bivalve Mollusc Shells. 18th century antique print by Gualtieri.

Elegant Bivalve Mollusc Shells. 18th century antique print by Gualtieri.

by Gualtieri, Niccolo

Elegant Silvery White Shells. 18th century antique print by Gualtieri.

Fine original copperplate engraving published in Florence (Italy) circa 1742, for Index Testarum Conchyliorum quae adservantur in Museo Niccolai Gualtieri (List of Shells in the Museum of Nicolai Gualtieri) by Niccolo Gualtieri (1688-1744). 

18th century natural history illustrators, Giuseppe Menabuoni (1708-1745) and Antonio Pazzi (1706-1768) created 110 splendid copperplate engravings from specimens in Gualtieri's shell collection. Groups illustrating the different families of marine life, are arranged in rows, with some shells standing on end and casting small shadows. The shell illustrations combine scientific observation and aesthetic appreciation of the natural colours, textures, and shapes of the shells. 

Niccolo Gualtieri was an Italian medical doctor and professor at the University of Pisa. His passion was conchology, and his collection of molluscs, and the system he devised for classification, were commended by eminent zoologists. In 1716 Gualtieri co-founded the first European botanical society, the Botanical Society of Florence. 

Page size is 455 x 325mm (18 x 12 3/4 inches). To plate mark measures 37 x 24cm (14.5 x 9.5 inches).

Stock Number: apmlG90Price: $495.00

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