Johnston Merian Historiae Naturalis 1657

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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