Pl. 26, Murex

john mawes

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A superbly detailed Hand-colored aquatint engraving of shell compositions by John Mawe (1764-1829) from his book "The Linnean System of Conchology", which was published in London in 1823. Overall this print measures 8 ¼” x 5”. John Mawe was a British mineralogist, whom was also well-known for his adventures in South America. Mawe was born in Derby, England in 1764. He spent his early years at sea, becoming captain to the merchant vessel Trent in 1790. In 1793, he was apprenticed to the Derby mason Richard Brown, and married his daughter, Sarah in 1794. At the end of the century he made a tour of almost all of the mines in England and Scotland, collecting minerals for the cabinet of Spain. In 1804, Mawe embarked on a prospecting voyage to Rio de la Plata, Brazil (present day Uruguay), for the Prince Regent of Portugal. His mission was to assess the gold and diamond industry in hopes of revitalizing Brazil’s economy. Mawe had only reached Cadiz, Spain, when war broke out between England and Spain. Mawe was blockaded in Cadiz, where he became very ill and almost died. In 1805 he sailed from Cadiz to Montevideo, but on reaching that town he was imprisoned as an English spy. Although he was found to be innocent of this, he was still interned until the capture of Montevideo by William Beresford in 1806. After being freed, he finally sailed to Brazil, where he visited the diamond mines of Minas Geraes and other parts of the interior. When Mawe returned to London in 1811, he published his accounts of this experience, in what his probably his most notable publication, Travels in the Interior of Brazil. In 1811 Mawe opened a shop in The Strand, London, and became well-known as a mineralogist. He wrote many volumes on minerals. Overall this print is in very good condition with some foxing and staining along paper edges. Bookseller Inventory # ark822d

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Title: Pl. 26, Murex

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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