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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 circa 1742 of a collection of shells for Index Testarum Conchyliorum quae adservantur in Museo Niccoli Gualtieri (List of Shells in the Museum of Nicolai Gualtieri) by Niccolo Gualtieri, published in Florence, Italy circa 1742. Natural history engravers Giuseppi Menabuoni and Pietro Antonio Pazzi created 110 splendid illustrations of families of marine life, with some shells casting small shadows. The shell illustrations combine scientific observation and aesthetic appreciation of nature. 

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: $275.00

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