Copper engravings by Marcus Elieser Bloch

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Stromateus Fiatola, Butterfish
BHF20 $325
Chaetodon Fasciatus, Diagonal Butterfly Fish
BHF8 $425
Coryphaena Plumieri, Sea Peacock
BHF12 $345
Coryphaena Pentadactyla, Five Finger Wrasse
BHF10 $325
Chaetodon Chirurgus, Surgeonfish
BHF17 $
345
Chaetodon Aureus, Angelfish & Lookdown
BHF18 $
345
Zeus Cillaris, Pompano
BHF21 $395
Zeus Insidiator, Zeus Gallus
BHF22 $295
Chaetodon Ocellatus, Chaetodon Plumieri, Angelfish
BHF23 $295
Chaetodon Marginatus, Angelfish
BHF24 $295
Diodon Mola, Sun Fish
BHF25 $325
Pleuronectes Punctatus,Wiff
BHF26 $325
Chaetodon Ciliaris, Angelfish
BHF27 $295
Pleuronectes Macrolepidotus, Sole
BHF28 $245
Diodon Atinga, Porcupine Puffer Fish
BHF31 $295
Diodon Orbicularis, Prickly Ballonfish, Spiny Puffer
BHF14 $345
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Copper engravings by Marcus Elieser Bloch

We are pleased to present these beautiful rare original hand colored copper engravings from M.E. Bloch’s "Okonomische Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Auslandischen Fische", published in Berlin, 1785-1787. The work of Bloch is famous for the beauty of the fish portrayed and the superb hand coloring, and considered by many to be the greatest of all the works on ichthyology. These prints are in the folio size, measuring approximately 10 1/2 inches by 17 3/8 inches, on superb thick chain lined paper in a creamy color, with strong plate marks and good margins. There is no text, but a copy of the original title page is also included.

As longtime print dealers, we have bought many Bloch prints over the years and are delighted to find the hand coloring in this set the most vibrant and fresh we have ever seen. The genuine silver paint enhances may of the fishes and still glistens and is without the oxidation so commonly found with metallic paints of this age. The condition of these prints is excellent, remarkable for their age of about 230 years and a fine opportunity to gain some fine specimens!


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