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1300 Real and Fanciful Animals: From Seventeenth-Century Engravings (Dover Pictorial Archive) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (28 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486402371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486402376
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 0.8 x 30.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A painter whose father was an engraver and publisher of the same name, Matthaus Merian (1621 1687) published this remarkable group of unusual and highly imaginative animal illustrations. This copyright-free collection includes a large and fascinating selection of engravings that illustrate scientific specimens and legendary creatures all meticulously reproduced from an extremely rare eighteenth-century edition.
Carefully arranged into six major divisions (quadrupeds, snakes, mollusks and crustaceans, fish, birds, and insects), approximately 1,300 copyright-free images include realistic and fanciful portrayals of a varied array of real animals, in addition to such imaginary creatures as unicorns, dragons, basilisks, harpies, griffins, and other mythical beasts. Identifying captions in Latin accompany many of the illustrations.
Commercial artists, illustrators, and craftspeople will find a host of uses for these lovingly detailed engravings: as book and magazine illustrations and as attention-getting graphics ideal for enhancing flyers, brochures, newsletters, and any number of other print projects. Art lovers and antiquarians anyone with an interest in the art and ideas of an earlier era will enjoy browsing through these wonderful antique images.
Dover (1998) republication of 123 plates from the work published byR. & G. Wetstenios, Amsterdam, 1718."


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This is a copyright-free collection of animal engravings which will be useful for artists and crafts people. It has one page of text and the rest is full of the fasinating antique images. It is divided into the following sections: Quadrupeds, Snakes, Mollusks and Crustaceans, Fish, Birds and Insects. Also check out 'Curious Woodcuts of fanciful and Real Beasts'
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Weird and wonderful line drawings in a big format book. Very clear illustrations and the perfect bindings will allow you to lay the book flat on a scanner bed and scan the images easily, should you wish to do so.
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From the moment it arrived 1300Real and Fanciful Animal has grabbed the attention of the Art staff within the college. The students are totally fascinated. As a classroom recourse it will be very popular even when students have assess to the Internet for research.
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Lovely book, much larger then I expected. Some of the made up animals inside are laughable but it's still a lovely book to have. The delivery of this book was average, showed sooner rather then later considering the one to three week delivery time. I think it was the second week that it arrived either that or one week after ordering.
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Beautiful and amazing illustrations, very lovely artwork, clear printed, detailed plate works.
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Thank you, I am glad for this book!
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