|Published||[John Johnston 1657 Amsterdam]|
|Dimensions||Image 275 x 165 mm, Plate 294 x 178 mm, Sheet 338 x 208 mm|
A plate depicting various species of snakes, including three types of horned serpent, as well as a depiction of the mythical seps, from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Serpentibus et Draconibus, Libri II, 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.