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Samuel Fallours : Tropical Fishes of the East Indies
Author: Theodore W. Pietsch

ISBN: 9783836505192
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 16 June 2010
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 35.0 x 3.8
Description:
A stunning achievement in zoological illustration

One of the first depictions of marine fauna comes from Samuel Fallours, who was in the service of the Dutch East India Company.

On the island of Ambon, one of the Moluccas, he made drawings of fish and other marine organisms of the Indian Ocean and brought them back to Holland in 1712.

His drawings belong to a number of sets of similar drawings, depicting hundreds of animals, mostly fish but also crustaceans, insects, a dugong, and even a mermaid.

Some of these became the basis for 18th-century publications, among them Louis Renard's Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes (1719) and Francois Valentijn's Verhandeling der Ongemeene Visschen van Amboina, a chapter in his Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien (1724-1726).

These beautiful, elaborately detailed and brilliantly colored drawings provide an extraordinary description of marine fish fauna of the East Indies that can still be interpreted in light of present-day scientific knowledge. From an art...

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