PLATE FOUR: EXTRAORDINARY FISHES OF AMBON - FLYING GURNARD, RAINBOW RUNNER, CHECKERED SNAPPER print
These highly decorative and very beautiful copper engravings of tropical saltwater fish by Jacob Van der Schley (Amsterdam, 1715 – 1779) are from the rare and most desired volume of Abbé Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles “Histoire Générale Des Voyages," which includes the exquisite section on “Poissons; extraordinaires d’Amboine” - “The Extraordinary Fishes of Ambon.” Published in 1763.
“The Fish are distinguished from the ordinary by the beauty and variety of their colours...”
Originally printed in b/w, these 53 superbly handcoloured plates illustrate 477 different species that inhabit the waters of Indonesia.
Angelfish, Bonito, Butterfly, Boxfish, Chinese Trumpetfish, Clownfish, Cowfish, Dorado, Emperor of Japan, Filefish, Flyingfish, Flying Gurnard, Flying Sea Owl, Garfish, Grouper, Halfbeak, Knifefish, Lionfish, Longfin Bannerfish, Mackerel, Moorish Idol, Moray Eel, Mudskipper, Parrotfish, Pipefish, Porcupine, Puffer, Ray, Sea Cat, Sailfish, Seahorse, Snapper, Squirrelfish, Surgeonfish, Swordfish, Triggerfish, Queenfish, Unicorn, Wrasse...
(Ref. Pietsch, Cuvier - Historical Portrait of the Progress of Ichthyology 1995, Pietsch, Louis Reynard’s Natural History of the Rarest Curiosities of the Seas of the Indies, 1995)