Salviano (Hippolyto); Antonio Lafréri - Copper engraving 40 x 27 cm - Perch Perca - 1554

Description
Salviano (Hippolyto); Antonio Lafréri - Copper engraving 40 x 27 cm - Perch Perca - 1554
Engraving - Not signed - 1554

Issued in: Salviano (Hippolyto). Aquatilium Animalium Historiae, Liber Primus, Cum Eorumdem Formis, Aere Excusis, Rome 1554.

Copper engraving 40 x 27 cm

The copper engravings are attributed by Brunet to Antonio Lafréri.

SUPERB 16th CENTURY CLASSIC ENGRAVING ON ICHTHYOLOGY and indeed one of the first scientific illustration ever to use engraving rather than woodblock.

References: Adams S-190; Brunet V:101; Graesse VI, p. 253; Mortimer Italian 454; Nissen ZBI 3555; Wood p. 549.

The finely hatched lines of the copper engravings are far more successfully than woodcuts and are not only only extremely rare but well ahead of their time. Their skill in depicting fish was unmatched for over a century.

The last complete set to come up at auction was the Harvard Library copy at Christie's in 2013 where it attain a price of USD 27500.

An excellent impression on fine laid paper.

Lot details
Artist
Salviano (Hippolyto); Antonio Lafréri
Title of artwork
Copper engraving 40 x 27 cm - Perch Perca - 1554
Year
1554
Technique
Engraving
Signature
Not signed
Condition
In good condition
Sold with frame
No
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