Conchology, or the Natural History of Shells:
Containing a New Arrangement of the Genera and Species,
Illustrated by Coloured Engravings Executed from the Natural Specimens,
and Including the Latest Discoveries
by George Perry
London , Printed for William Miller, Albermarle Street;
by W. Bulmer and Co., Cleveland Row, St. James
Original hand-colored aquatint engraving.
Sheet size: approx. 11 x 16½ inches (425 x 274 mm).
Original text page accompanies print.
A beautifully rendered group of prints from Perry's Conchology. These are the only prints of shells made by that most elaborate and rich process of aquatinting.
The plates are decorative and inventive pictures of shells colored richly and idiosyncratically. Though he was criticized in contemporary natural history circles for his apparent whimsy and lack of scientific concern,
Perry has since been greatly vindicated. His Conchology is now considered a serious work and his "absurd" names have become generally accepted.
Whatever the resolution of this scientific debate, the prints were produced with the finest craftsmanship, and are undeniably beautiful.