About antique prints of Corals & Molluscs
Antique prints of Corals, Molluscs and Shells are particularly welcome as a reminder of the sea. The above are especially good quality and very decorative.They are mostly copper plate engravings hand coloured.
The shells are by Thomas Pennant dedicated to the Dutchess Dowager of Portland in 1777.
The Sea stars and Sea Urchins are from a Special edition "Tableau Encyclopedique et methodique des trois regnes de la nature” published by Charles Joseph Panckoucke c.1790.
The Encyclopedia was printed during the time of the French Revolution and was written by the most knowledgeable French writers and scholars of the time.
The engravings of Coral are exquisite and would make a fantastic gift.