Icones Piscium, or plates of rare fishes.
London : Richard and John Taylor, 1843. Quarto, publisher’s printed wrappers, string bound, manuscript correction of ‘Four’ to ‘Five’ coloured plates, pp. 8 (unopened); 5 plates with striking original hand colouring. Housed in a custom made folding clamshell box. Book label of Alan John Jarvis to inside upper wrapper and inside the box. An exceptional example – unopened, uncut and untrimmed.
A near-mint example of the first separately published work on Australian fish.
The plates are made after drawings by James B. Emery, late first-lieutenant of the Beagle.
Rare in this superb condition.
Nissen ZBI 3387; not in Ferguson
Provenance: The Angling Library of Alan Jarvis, Bonham’s London, May 22, 2012, lot 335