Abbé Pierre Joseph Bonnaterre

Size: 9 x 12 inches - Original Hand Colored Copperplate Engravings

These beautiful hand color engravings have been selected from a French work entitled "Encyclopédie Méthodique", published in Paris between 1789 and 1832 under the supervision of Panckoucke. This was the largest encyclopedia of the enlightenment, covering all aspects of the natural world, in the comprehensive mode that was very much the driving force of the era.

The Encyclopédie Méthodique par ordre des matières ("Methodical Encyclopedia by Order of Subject Matter") is a roughly 210 to 216 volumes encyclopedia (different sets were bound differently) that was published between 1782 and 1832 by the French publisher Charles Joseph Panckoucke his son-in-law Henri Agasse, and the latter´s wife, Thérèse-Charlotte Agasse. It was a revised and much expanded version, arranged by disciplines, of the originally alphabetically arranged Encyclopédie edited by denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond D'Alembert. The full title was L'Encyclopédie Méthodique ou par ordre de matières par une société de gens de lettres, de savants et d'artistes; précédée d'un vocabulaire universel, servant de table pour tout l'ouvrage, ornée des portraits de MM. Diderot et d'Alembert, premiers éditeurs de l'Encyclopédie.
Bonnaterre (1752-1804), was a priest in the Rouergue and professor at the central school of Rhodes.

The publisher Panckoucke employed Bonnaterre to contribute to the Encyclopedie Methodique, in the area of mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes and insects. Bonnaterre composed an extensive text for the part on fishes and availed himself of the works of most of the earlier authors and collected drawings of more than 400 species.

He copied many of the drawings of Bloch and when these were not available he took them from the works of Gronovius, Broussonet, Pennant and others. When these authors failed him he even returned to the classics like Willughby, Rondelet and Piso. References include Pietsch, 1995 & Nissen, 1969.

Encyclopédie Méthodique
Varieties of Ray, Skates
Date: 1788
Price: $325
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Varieties of Ray, Skates
Date: 1788
Price: $325
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Varieties of Ray, Skates
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Shark
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Shark
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Shark, Angler
Date: 1788
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Monkfish, Sturgeon
Date: 1788
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Sturgeons, Triggerfish
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Triggerfish
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Boxfish
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Boxfish
Date: 1788
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Boxfish, Pufferfish
Date: 1788
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Pufferfish, Sunfish
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Pufferfish
Date: 1788
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Lumpfish, Lumpsucker
Date: 1788
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Razorfish, Pipefish
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Moray
Date: 1788
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Eels, Knifefish
Date: 1788
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Featherback, Electric Eel
Date: 1788
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Seawolf, Swordfish
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Dragonet
Date: 1788
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Haddock, Cods
Date: 1788
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Whiting, Cods
Date: 1788
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Hump Head, Blenny
Date: 1788
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Mahi-mahi, Fanfish
Date: 1788
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Sculpins, Tadpole fish
Date: 1788
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Poacher, Scorpionfish
Date: 1788
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John Dory, Halibut
Date: 1788
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Plaice, Flounder
Date: 1788
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Sole, Flounder, Brill
Date: 1788
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Turbot, Plate Fish
Date: 1788
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Flounder, Batfish
Date: 1788
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Butterflyfish, Surgeonfish
Date: 1788
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Butterflyfish, Angelfish
Date: 1788
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Bream, Pike Cichlid
Date: 1788
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Seaperch, Snapper
Date: 1788
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Wrasse, Tautog
Date: 1788
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Meagre, Shi Drum, Perch
Date: 1788
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Apron, Seabass, Rose Fish
Date: 1788
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Pigfish, Clownfish, Coney
Date: 1788
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Red Hind, Yellofin Grouper
Date: 1788
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Mackerel, Bluefin Tuna
Date: 1788
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Leerfish, Red Mullet
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Gurnard
Date: 1788
Price: $325
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Gurnard, Loach, Catfish
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Catfish
Date: 1788
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Catfish, Surgeonfish
Date: 1788
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Trout, Siberian Salmon
Date: 1788
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Salmon-trout, Trout, Char
Date: 1788
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Houting, Grayling
Date: 1788
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Redeye Piranha, Lizardfish
Date: 1788
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Mullet, Flying Fish, etc.
Date: 1788
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Varieties of Threadfin
Date: 1788
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Barbel, Carp
Date: 1788
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Gudgeon, Tench, Chub
Date: 1788
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Crucian Carp, Goldfish
Date: 1788
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Dace, Prussian Carp
Date: 1788
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Ide, Roach, etc.
Date: 1788
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Nase, Rudd, Orfe
Date: 1788
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Asp, Spirlin, Var. of Carp
Date: 1788
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Bleak, Var. of Bream
Date: 1788
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Var. of Bream, Sabre Carp
Date: 1788
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Triggerfish, Sharks
Date: 1788
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Triggerfish, Herring, etc.
Date: 1788
Price: $375
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Lookdown, Ponyfish
Date: 1788
Price: $395
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Zebra Sole, American Sole
Date: 1788
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Rock Sole, Angel Fish
Date: 1788
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Butterflyfish, Scat
Date: 1788
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Butterflyfish, Batfish
Date: 1788
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Parrotfish, Var. of Wrasse
Date: 1788
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Bowfin, Var. of Wrasse
Date: 1788
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Flying Fish, Barb, Bleak
Date: 1788
Price: $325
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