Fine antique hand-colored fish etching by Werner and Schmelz after plate in Mr. le Baron Cuvier's twenty-two volume "Histoire naturelle des poissons " begun in 1801. Inscription below the image reads as follows:
TRACHINUS Radiatus. n. Werner del. Schmelz sculp. PV9
Georges Cuvier was a leading French scientist in the fields of paleontology and anatomy during the first half of the 19th century. His name is engraved in gold on the Eiffel Tower as recognition for his great contribution to science. His research on fish culminated in the publication of the Histoire naturelle des poisson (Natural History of Fish) which described 5,000 species of fish. Comes nicely framed ready to display. In very good used condition with minor imperfections as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 19.4" by 17.2" (49.2 by 43.8 cm); Plate Mark: 11.2" by 8" (28.5 cm by 20.2 cm).