SALVIANI - THE ANGLER fish print ( Rana piscatrix) 1554
This extremely rare and very striking engraving of an angler fish by Antonio Lafreri (1512 -1577), with superb recent professional hand colouring, is from Ippolito Salviani’s classic masterpiece on ichthyology, “Aquatilium animalium historia,” published in Rome in 1554 -1558. Almost all of the fishes are of Italy with some from Illyria and the Archipelago.
Salviani’s “Aquatilium animalium historia” was the first iconography of fishes illustrated with copper engravings rather than woodcuts, and the results are truly striking and exceptional.
“A finely printed work, the plates of which in accuracy and beauty far surpass any figures published in the next 100 years.”
Dean, Bibli. of Fishes Vol III p. 312
"Salviani's great work...in a style and elegance and execution of which we rarely see an example in these later times, and comprising nearly 100 copperplates of the same dimensions, many of which have not been surpassed by the efforts of modern art."
Memoir of Salviani - Bushman 1843
Ref: Pietsch - Cuvier "Historical Portrait of the Progress of Ichthyology 1995
Condition: Overall very good condition, with minor imperfections expected with age. Faint dusting and a few spots. Please examine our images carefully and contact us if you have any questions. On chain-lined heavy paper, copy of decorative title page inc.