1300 Real and Fanciful Animals

From Seventeenth-Century Engravings
Author(s): Matthaus Merian
Original Publish Date: Nov 21, 2012
Product Number: EB00795517
Released: Dec 04, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780486132761
Publisher: Dover Publications
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A painter whose father was an engraver and publisher of the same name, MatthAus Merian (1621–1687) published this remarkable group of unusual and highly imaginative animal illustrations. This copyright-free collection includes a large and fascinating selection of engravings that illustrate scientific specimens and legendary creatures all meticulously reproduced from an extremely rare eighteenth-century edition. Carefully arranged into six major divisions (quadrupeds, snakes, mollusks and crustaceans, fish, birds, and insects), approximately 1,300 copyright-free images include realistic and fanciful portrayals of a varied array of real animals, in addition to such imaginary creatures as unicorns, dragons, basilisks, harpies, griffins, and other mythical beasts. Identifying captions in Latin accompany many of the illustrations. Commercial artists, illustrators, and craftspeople will find a host of uses for these lovingly detailed engravings: as book and magazine illustrations and as attention-getting graphics ideal for enhancing flyers, brochures, newsletters, and any number of other print projects. Art lovers and antiquarians anyone with an interest in the art and ideas of an earlier era will enjoy browsing through these wonderful antique images.