C1790
 (1804)

Horny Tellen. Cyclas Cornea.

Fine early engraving of shells from Edward Donovan’s famous rare series, The Natural History of British Shells, London. Donovan took 14 years to complete the series which he made available from 1790 until 1804.

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S/N: NHOBS-096-SHELLS–234795
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Full Title:

Horny Tellen. Cyclas Cornea.

Date:

C1790
 (1804)

Condition:

Scattered spotting and age marks,otherwise good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

82mm 
x 88mm

Paper Size: 

145mm 
x 233mm

Platemark Size: 

117mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
Horny Tellen. Cyclas Cornea. - Antique Print from 1790

Genuine antique
dated:

1804

Description:

Fine early engraving of shells from Edward Donovan’s famous rare series, The Natural History of British Shells, London. Donovan took 14 years to complete the series which he made available from 1790 until 1804.

Edward Donovan (1768 - 1837)

Donovan was the founder of the London Museum and Institute of Natural History, which housed his large natural history collection. 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. It was quite common for private collectors to open small public museums, and in 1807 he founded the London Museum and Institute of Natural History. This exhibited several hundred cases of world birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, molluscs, insects, corals and other invertebrates and botanical specimens and other exotica alongside his British collections.

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