Salmo Salar L. (Fem.) The Rhine Salmon (female)

Method Lithograph with original hand colouring heightened in silver
Artist Joseph Dinkel
Published Imp en Cont a la Lith de Nicolet a Neuchatel (Suisse) 1842
Dimensions Image 214 x 362, Sheet 325 x 485 mm
Notes Lettered above image Salmones to the top left and Tab 2 to the top right. Description written in French, German and English.

From History of the Freshwater Fish of Central Europe by Louis Agassiz and Carl Vogt.

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807 – 1873) was a Swiss paleontologist, glaciologist, geologist and the first person to scientifically propose that the earth had been subject to a past ice age. A dedicated scholar of Ichthyology (the study of fish) the History of the Freshwater Fish of Central Europe was his second publication on the subject. Illustrated by his lifelong friend Joseph Dinkel, of which little is known other than his relation to Agassiz, this publication was begun in 1839 and completed in 1842.

In 1840 Agassiz published Etudes sur les glaciers ("Study on Glaciers"), which put forward the theory of a past sequence of glacations develpoed alongside Jean de Charpentier and Karl Friedrich Schimper. The theory was met with much contemporary criticism, as most scientists of the day thought that the earth had been gradually cooling down since its birth as a molten globe, and wasn't internationally accepted until the 1870s.
Framing unmounted
Price £100.00
Stock ID 27732