Price: € 87,50

Subject: Tab VIII : This plate shows various sea snakes; Serpens Marinus Mari Norvegico - Serpens Marinus flavi coloris Maris Suedici Aldro - Scolopendra Marina aldro - Scolopendra Marina amethystini Coloris - Serpens Americana Indicus.
Condition: Good. General age related toning and minimal staining and/or soiling. Paper somewhat creased and frayed but overall good.
Medium: Copper plate engraving on verge type hand-laid paper with watermark.
Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 21.5 x 36 cm. The image size is ca. 17 x 28 cm.
Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 8.5 x 14.2 inch. The image size is ca. 6.7 x 11 inch.
Part Number: 25201
Location: A102-40
Description: This rare antique engraving originates from: 'Historiae Naturalis De Piscibus Et Cetis Libri V' by John Johnston, published by Matthias Merian in 1657.

Artists and Engravers: John Johnston (or Johnstone, 1603-1675) was a descendant of a Scottish family. Born in Sambter, Poland, he studied extensively at the famous universities of the day, including St. Andrews, Scotland, Cambridge & Leiden. After many years traveling in Europe, he settled in Silesia. Matthaus Merian was a leading German engraver of the day, from a prominent family of engravers and artists, and the father of Maria Merian.