Gualtieri, Niccolo (1688-1744) Corals Coral 1
copper engraved print with recent hand colouring; overall 42 x 31 cm, image 27 x 18 cm. some slight creases in margins; o/w exc. cond. Printing on verso.
Beautifully engraved and coloured print of a coral! From Gualtieri’s work ‘Index Testarum Conchyliorum, quae adservantur in Museo Nicolai Gualtieri’ (translation:’List of the shells of shellfish which are preserved in the Museum of Niccolò Gualtieri’).
Gualtieri was an Italian medical doctor and a professor at the University of Pisa with a great interest in shells and corals. Together with Giuseppe Menabuoni (1708-1745) and Antonio Pazzi (1706-1768), he created the ‘Index’ with 110 beautifully engraved copper engravings, based on his very own collection which is now based in Museo storia naturale di Pisa.
NB: though the overall size is the same, each coral plate is of a different size!
[ref: 3720] £450