Tab. VII [Snakes]

Method Copper engraving
Artist Matthäus Merian II
Published John Johnston 1657 Amsterdam
Dimensions Image 110 x 196 mm, Plate 115 x 170 mm
Notes A plate depicting various species of snake including the rattlesnake (Domina serpentum nieremb) and a decapitated snake (Serpens Peregrinus amputato Capite Clus) from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657.

Matthäus Merian the Elder (22 September 1593 - 19 June 1650) was a Swiss engraver born in Basel. Beginning his career in Zürich where he learned the art of copperplate engraving, Merian went on to study and work in various cities throughout France. In 1615, Merian returned to Basel. His return to Basel, however, was short lived, moving to Frankfurt the following year to work for the publisher Johann Theodor de Bry. Merian later married de Bry's daughter. He was also the father of Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the greatest natural history artists of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Condition: Excellent impression
Framing mounted
Price £60.00
Stock ID 39475