Tab 167, Meer Dhren

Martini & Chemnitz

Condition: Very Good No Binding
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A wonderfully detailed hand colored copperplate engraving of sea shells by Friederich Wilhelm Martini & Johann Hieronymus Chemnitz from their book "Neues systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet", which was published in Nürnberg, from 1768 -1795.Overall this print measures 9.25"x11.5". Neues systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet is the most beautifully produced German iconography on shells. It illustraied marine shells from all over the world including shells from Cook's voyage into the Pacific. Friederich Wilhelm Martini, a Hamburg physician, conceived the idea of publishing the first large-scale encyclopaedia of shells illustrated with hand-coloured plates. His ambition was to describe and portray every kind of shell known, an ambition virtually impossible to fulfil, as others have discovered since. No sooner was the third volume of the 'Neues Systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet' in print that its author died, in 1778. Publication was continued by Johann Hieronymus Chemnitz, a Danish clergyman who, between 1779 and 1795, added a further eight volumes". Overall this print is in very good condition with some foxing/staining and creasing in the margins. A few additional ink stains in the margins. Bookseller Inventory # ab407d

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Title: Tab 167, Meer Dhren

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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