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A Fish of New South Wales. Bag-throated Balistes c1789.

A Fish of New South Wales. Bag-throated Balistes c1789.

by Stockdale, John

Antique print of strange-looking Leatherjacket Fish of NSW.
"This fish is found pretty commonly on the coast of New South Wales, and was called by the sailors the Old Wife, having much resemblance in many things to the species so named. when skinned, it was thought pretty good eating."

Original copperplate engraving by Peter Mazell after a drawing Daniel Butler for "The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay with an account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island" published in London by John Stockdale of Piccadilly in1789 (with later hand-colour). Daniel Butler, a sailor who served aboard the Prince of Wales during the First Fleet voyage to Australila, was a regular sketcher of new discoveries after their arrival in Australia. This was the first engraving, done from a specimen collected during the first year after the new colony was set up in 1788.

Engraved page size is 300 x 225mm (11.5 x 8.5 inches)

Stock Number: apML.A22Price: $165.00

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