THE IMPERIAL CHAETODON or EMPEROR ANGELFISH print
These very beautiful fish prints with recent fine handcolouring are from the Pisces volumes of George Shaw’s General Zoology, published from 1800 – 1820.
The steel engravings offered here are mainly from the first fish edition of 1803/4. Dr. Shaw (1751-1813) was a Fellow of the Royal Society, co-founder of the Linnean Society and a zoologist and keeper of the natural history department at the British Museum in London.
These striking illustrations, copied almost entirely from Bloch and Lacépède's great works on Fishes, were engraved principally by James Heath, an associate of the Royal Academy and royal engraver to King George III in 1794.
(Ref. Dean Bibl of Fishes, vol. II p. 441; Pietsch, 1995, p. 166,7,8)