Plate 9. "Polyplex." Print by George Perry. From Conchology, or the Natural History of Shells. Original drawings by John Clarke. Engravings by William Miller. London: W. Bulmer and Co., 1811. Folio. Full margins. Excellent condition.
A beautifully rendered print 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.
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