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Oysters. Wonderful oyster shells. Gualtieri antique print 104, c1742

Oysters. Wonderful oyster shells. Gualtieri antique print 104, c1742


by Gualtieri, Niccolo

Strangely-shaped marine bivalves. Gualtieri Oysters. Conchology antique print, c1742.

Fine original hand-coloured copperplate engraving by Pietro Antonio Pazzi (1706-1766) after the drawing by draughtsman-engraver,Giuseppe Menabuonicirca (1708-1745), of a collection of molluscs for Niccolo Gualtieri's Index Testarum Conchyliorum quae adservantur in Museo Niccoli Gualtieri (List of Shells in the Museum of Nicolai Gualtieri), published in Florence (Italy) circa 1742. Both fine natural history artists, Giuseppi Menabuoni and Pietro Antonio Pazzi, combined scientific observation with an aesthetic appreciation of nature, in their illustrations of wonderfully arranged families of marine life. 

Niccolo Gualtieri (1688-1744) 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: 45.5 x 32.5cm (18 x 12.3/4 inches). Plate mark: 37 x 24cm (14.5 x 9.5 inches).

Stock Number: apGs104Price: $450.00