This beautiful shell engraving featuring original hand coloring is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s work Les Delices des Yeux et de L’Esprit, a la Representaion d’une Collection Universelle des Coquilles.
Knorr (1705-1761) was one of the leading protogeologists of the eighteenth century as well as a highly competent engraver. Nearly one thousand shells are depicted in this work. The plates are all extremely well drawn and beautifully painted. (Dance, A History of Shell Collecting, p. 50).
Dimensions: Small 4to., 8″ x 9 3/4″ overall measurement.
Condition: Left edge uneven from disbinding, water stain top margin will mat out, several small foxing marks otherwise excellent condition.
Printing type: Copperplate engraving, hand colored, Nurenberg, 1764.
Note: This image is digitally watermarked, but the electronic watermark does not appear on the actual print. Guaranteed authentic original antique print. Certificate of authenticity available at no extra charge upon request.