Johann Esper Coral Prints 1791

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Antipathes eupressina
ESP101 $85
Sale Price: $55
Antipathes paniculata
ESP102 $95
Sale Price:
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Antipathes clathrata
ESP103 $85
Sale Price: $55
Gorgonia homomalla
ESP104 $85
Sale Price: $55
Flustra tubulosa
ESP105 $95
Sale Price: $59
Gorgonia fuccinea
ESP106 $85
Sale Price: $55
Gorgonia verticillaris
ESP107 $85
Sale Price: $55
Gorgonia cerea
ESP108 $95
Sale Price: $59
Gorgonia umbratica
ESP109 $95
Sale Price: $59
Madrepora capitata
ESP110 $85
Sale Price: $55
Alcyonium arboreum
ESP111 $85
Sale Price: $55
Isis Hippuris
ESP112 $95
Sale Price: $59
Madrepora pilens
ESP116 $75
Sale Price: $45
Millepora focurm
JEC1 $95
Sale Price: $59
Madrepora polymorpha
ESP118 $75
Sale Price: $45
Flustra lineata
ESP119$95
Sale Price: $59
Gorgonia radicata
ESP120 $95
Sale Price: $59
Spongia verrucosa
ESP121 $75
Sale Price:
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Sertularia volubilis
JEC7 $95
Sale Price: $59
Tubularia umbellata
JEC5 $115
Sale Price: $79
Gorgonia reticulum
JEC6 $95
Sale Price: $59
Spongia fucorum
JEC10 $95
Sale Price: $59
Isis hippuris
JEC11 $95
Sale Price: $59
Flustra membranacea
JEC12 $95
Sale Price: $59
Flustra papyracea
JEC16 $95
Sale Price: $59
Spongia fruticola
JEC17 $95
Sale Price: $59
Flustra truncata
JEC14 $95
Sale Price: $59
Madrepora acropora
JEC24 $95
Sale Price: $59
Madrepora uva
JEC26 $95
Sale Price: $59
Cellepora hyaliana
JEC30 $95
Sale Price: $59
Tubularia acelabulum
JEC31 $95
Sale Price: $59
Corallina nodularis
JEC8 $95
Sale Price: $59
Tubularia obtusata
JEC33 $95
Sale Price: $59
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Johann Esper Coral Prints 1791

We are enchanted with these beautiful originally hand-colored coral prints from one of the earliest works on corals, Die Pflanzenthiere in Ubbildungen nach der Natur by Eugenius Johann Christoph Esper, published in Nuremberg 1791.

It is one of the rarest of all the coral works in the world, with only a few known copies in the hands of libraries. There is no other coral work of such completeness with original hand coloring from the 1700s. This represents an extraordinary opportunity for the collector of such rarities.

Each print is on fine, creamy, hand made chain lined paper measuring approximately 8 inches by 10 inches. On some, there is additional information in an old hand below the title. There is no descriptive text, but a copy of the title page will accompany these authentic antique prints with original hand coloring. Each print is a dynamic portrayal of a species of coral, realistically capturing the plant as it would be in the ocean, with the vibrant original hand coloring enhancing the effect.


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