Bloch's landmark work is the most famous and most remarkable of all books on fish. It was published in twelve volumes, with 432 hand-colored plates. Each plate gives the name of the fish in several langauges, with Latin names included to settle any classification problems. Some of the plates are dedicated below the fish to different patrons, aristocrats, and learned societies. Each dedication is quite clear in giving credit to that person or group of people who paid to have that particular plate engraved and included in the collection. The public's interest in fish was heightened in the eighteenth century as fishing became a popular pastime for both men and women, particularly ladies of the court. Bloch equisitely captured the gleam of fish scales, which were the inspiration for sequins as used in the decoration of fine clothing. 10.5 x 17 inches (approximate page size). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Streaked Grunt
Publication Date: 1827
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Very Good
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