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NATURAL HISTORY - Short-nosed Tripodfish - Filefish

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Balistes Biaculeatus. - Der Zweistachelichte Hornfisg. - Le Baliste À Deux Piquante. / Balistes Tomentosus. - Der Kleine Einhornfisch. - La petite Licorne. - The Little Old-Wise. - Pl. 148. - Bloch Marcus.

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Item Number:  20035
Category:  Prints > Natural History > Fishes - Bloch

Copper engraving
Size: 19.5 x 34cm (7.6 x 13.3 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Old hand coloured, excellent.

From: Allgemeine Natur-geschichte der Fische Berlin, 1782-84.

"In the literature of ichthyology, Bloch's descriptive and richly illustrated Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische is one of the high points, both graphically and taxonomically." (Ellen B. Wells).

The work describes and illustrates the fishes of the world in a superb hand colouring, sometimes heightened with silver and gold and/or Arabic Gum to accentuate the metallic sheen of the fish scales. It is the most beautifull book on fishes ever published. The drawings were primarily done by Johan Friedrich August Krueger and Johan Friedrich Henning.