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    Gualtieri, Nicolai Gualtieri, Nicolai - 122 Description: Musei or Testarum Conchyliorum Author: Nicolai Gualtieri Date: 1742 Condition .. Product #: gualtieri-122 Regular price: $355.00 $355.00 In Stock

    Nicolai Gualtieri - Coral

    Product Code: gualtieri-122
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    Weight: 0.00lb
    Dimensions: 0.00in x 9.25in x 14.25in

    Price: $355.00

    • Description: Musei or Testarum Conchyliorum
    • Author: Nicolai Gualtieri
    • Date: 1742
    • Condition of Plate: Overall very good to excellent. The plate indentation from verso is visible.
    • Condition of Work: Overall very good.
    • Paper Size: 12 1/2″ by 18 1/4″
    • Image Size: 9 1/4″ by 14 1/4″

    Nicolai Gualtieri - Strombus or Conch Shells

    Index Testarum Conchyliorum features a variety of shells, many presented on their apices and casting small shadows. The prints here are from the first edition, published in Florence in 1742.

    Index Testarum Conchyliorum is one of the most important conchology books ever published. Gualtieri, a physician and professor, was an enthusiastic collector of shells and mollasks. Unsatisfied with the studies of the subject at the time, he hoped Index Testarum Conchyliorum would help to further the field. Gualtieri developed a classification system for this book that was well respected by later zoologists. He enlisted the artists Giuseppe Menabuoni and Antonio Pazzi, both Italian painters and printmakers, to produce the plates. Some of the shells featured are still housed at The University of Pisa’s Museum of Natural History.

    Many pages feature engravings on both sides; therefore, the plate marks from the verso are visible on some prints. The prints here feature exquisite contemporary hand colouring. The prints are on fine chain link paper measuring 12 1/2″ by 18 1/4″.

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