PRINTS OF SHELLSThis 212 year old Hand-Colored print from the book "THE NATURAL HISTORY OF BRITISH SHELLS" by Edward Donovan. It was published by Pye & Law, Glerkenwall in 1799.
Edward Donovan (1768–1837) was an Anglo Irish writer, natural history illustrator and amateur zoologist. Born in Cork, Ireland, Donovan was an avid collector of natural history specimens purchased mainly at auctions of specimens from voyages of exploration. He was a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Wernerian Natural History Society which gave him access to the best collections and libraries in London.
Donovan was, at first, the very successful author of a number of natural history titles, including Natural History of British Birds (1792-97), Natural History of British Insects (1792-1813) and Natural History of British Fishes (1802-08)
Donovan’s expensive purchases, his dealings with (according to him) unscrupulous book publishers, and the economic decline in England after the Napoleonic Wars, forced the closure of his museum in 1817 and the auction of his collection in 1818. He died penniless in 1837 leaving a large family destitute.
This hand colored print has an image that is about 3 3/4 " x 5 1/2 " on a page that is 5 3/4 " x 9 " and it is blank on the back. It is in very good condtion with some minor age toning. The printed description of the shell is included. The print is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift.
Thip print is rare. The book from which it comes sells for up to $5,200 on the Internet and the print sells for up to $125.
The print that is being offered is of "VOLUTA TORNATILIS".
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