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1764 G. W. Knorr (1705-1761); Large FOLIO Palaeontology Fossils Geology (VIIc)

1764 G. W. Knorr (1705-1761); Large FOLIO Palaeontology Fossils Geology (VIIc)

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Georg Wolfgang Knorr was a German paleontologist, as well as a painter, draftsman, engraver, collector and art dealer. At age 18, he became a copperplate engraver for Leonhard Blanc, working with Martin Tyroff on the illustrations for Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra (1731). Later he engraved portraits, landscapes, geological formations, and animal studies after Dürer and the Kilian family. In the second half of the 18th century, Nuremberg overtook Augsburg as the center of production for fine natural history books in Germany. There, Knorr published scientific works distinguished by their beautiful hand-colored plates. His works include two posthumous productions: Deliciae Naturae Selectae Oder Auserlefenes Naturalien Cabinet (1766-67), and Les Délices Des Yeux et de L’espirit, ou Collection Generale des Differentes Espèces de Coquillages (1764-73).

This fine large folio copper plate in original hand colour.

[Design by Colve; Engraved by J.A. Ioninger].

39.5 x 24.5 cm

Exquisite original hand colour.

"Ex Museo Soc. phy. Gedanensis" refers to the source of the fossils / minerals displayed.

Minor fingering to outer edges, outside the plate mark.

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