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Links 1 through 10 of 53 by Paul K tagged marine

Extended excerpts and scanned images from a new book (review copy) by Chet Van Duzer: 'Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps'. This is an amazing piece of work on a subject that is both very cool, intriguing and has been little studied in the past. Illustrations cover the gamut from whale islands to lion-fish from the 10th to 17th centuries. A fabulous/remarkable publication from the British Library.

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Sketches + prints (in colour) from an ENORMOUS 17th century atlas that melds Joan Blaeu's 'Atlas Maior' with huge expansion by Dutch lawyer who employed artists to meet his desires for a geo-encylocpaedia. The 50 vol. series has maps and birds-eye views and portraits and naval battles and scenic drawings galore. The images in this post come from a truncated 8-vol. exquisite and expensive facsimile edition released by 2011 by Hes & de Graaf publishers in Holland.

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Album of hand-coloured marine species collected by French expeditionary voyage. L'Astrolabe, skippered by Dumont d'Urville, spent 3 years in 1820s sailing mostly in southern oceans looking for lost La Perouse expedition. Beautiful quality plates (including sectional anatomy views) resulted.

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Sampling from a very large set of watercolour sketches produced in East Asia sometime in the 19th century. The collection was acquired or commissioned by the Dutch consul to Canton and was given to Groningen University. These are beautiful, funny, absurd, anthropomorphic & colourful renderings of sometimes known and sometimes stylised imaginative marine species.

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Lithographs from an 1870s book by Charles Melville Scammon : he was a pioneer naturalist and a whaler at the same time. The images show a wide variety of whales (book concentrates on Pacific NW of USA) plus whaling tools and scenes of whaling. It is regarded as one of the most important books in the history of cetacean studies/history.

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2 recent books from the wonderful Indian publisher, Tara books. Both relate to folk art traditions from a couple of tribal areas of India with individual takes from the respective illustrators. One is a large hand-made paper book featuring very colourful screen-printed illustrations of sea creatures. The other is a black and white book with cut holes in it featuring an old English trick-poem accompanied by abstracted natural scene illustrations.

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Eccentric hand-coloured woodcuts from Pierre Belon's seminal mid-16th century treatise on marine creatures. The pictures are unsophisticated and totally outlandish at times, but the book was an important step towards establishing ichthyology as a scientific discipline

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Delightful hand-coloured engravings of lobsters and crabs from a rare, 18th century work by JFW Herbst.

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Very brightly coloured cephalopods - octopus, cuttlefish, squid - lithographs from the mid-1920s. These images are from one volume from a German series on the flora and fauna of the Bay of Naples in Italy.

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All manner of deformed and hallucinatory chimera and monsters from the "father" of natural history, Ulissi Aldrovandi. These are woodcuts of multiheaded devils and mythological seamonsters and all kinds of weird humanoid and fish-like creatures.

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