While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.
Peacock JNM23 $115
Each print measures approximately 8
3/4 by 14 inches
We are offering a selection of prints of birds from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de
Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657. This work by John Johnston and engraved by Matthaus
Merian was much read in the 17th & 18th centuries
according to Anker. In fact this is still so, as there
are several facsimile copies in publication, including
one by Dover Press, 1,300 Real and Fanciful Animals
from 17th Century Engravings (1998).
John Johnston (or Johnstone, 1603-1675) was a descendant
of a Scottish family. Born in Sambter, Poland, he
studied extensively at the famous universities of the
day, including St. Andrews, Scotland, Cambridge &
Leiden. After many years traveling in Europe, he settled
in Silesia. Matthaus Merian was a leading German engraver of the day, from a prominent family of engravers and artists, and the father of Maria Merian.
The volumes of this popular work were first printed from 1650-1662. There are a total of 250
copper engravings. The condition of these prints is
excellent, with white chain lined paper & fine copper
engravings. They have been beautifully hand colored in
England by one of the few remaining professional
colorists whose specialty is fish & shells. Each print
measures approximately 8 3/4 by 14 inches. Please review the
pictures carefully as they are quite accurate. All of
our prints are guaranteed to be original authentic
antique prints, and these prints are over 230 years old.
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