Matthaus Merian "the Elder"

Size: ~ 9 x 15 inches - Original Hand Colored Copperplate Engravings

These beautiful hand colored copperplate engravings have been selected from a work entitled "Historia Naturalis ", published in Amsterdam in 1657 under the supervision of John Jonston.
The complete six volumes include the following parts: Historiae naturalis de quadrupedibus et avibus, Historiae naturalis de insectis , de serpentibus et draconibus , Historiae naturalis de exanguibus aquaticis, Historiae naturalis de piscibus et cetis.
John Jonston (or Johnstone), a descendant of a Scottish family, was born in Sambter, Poland. He was interested in both medicine and natural sciences, and studied at St. Andrews, Cambridge, and Leiden. He published major natural history studies, including Thaumatographia Naturalis (Amsterdam 1632), a compendium of contemporary knowledge of natural science including astronomy, paleontology, plants, animals and man. This was followed by Theatrum Universale Omnium Animalium (Frankfurt, 1650), with plates after his drawings engraved by Mattias Merian depicting the entire range of animal species. After having spent most of his life travelling through all parts of Europe, he settled in Silesia.

Historiae Naturalis
Monster Squids
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer001

Historiae Naturalis
Lobsters
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer002

Historiae Naturalis
Lobsters
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer003

Historiae Naturalis
Crabs
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer006

Historiae Naturalis
Horshoe Crab, etc.
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer007

Historiae Naturalis
Octopus, Shells
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer010

Historiae Naturalis
Tellina Shells, Shells
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer015

Historiae Naturalis
Sea Anemone, etc.
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer018

Historiae Naturalis
Medusa, Jellyfish
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer019

Historiae Naturalis
Starfish, Sealife
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer027

Historiae Naturalis
Starfish, Seahorse, etc.
Date: 1657
Price: $395
Print Code: Crumer028