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1816 Turtles, Brodtmann, Imp. folio 42.5 cm, incunabula of lithography

1816 Turtles, Brodtmann, Imp. folio 42.5 cm, incunabula of lithography

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Testudo Caretta; Testudo Viridis

The loggerhead sea turtle is a species of oceanic turtle distributed throughout the world. It is a marine reptile, belonging to the family Cheloniidae. The average loggerhead measures around 90 cm in carapace length when fully grown.

The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), also known as the green turtle, black (sea) turtle or Pacific green turtle,[4] is a species of large sea turtle of the family Cheloniidae.

Landmark stone lithograph on fine Ziegler watermarked paper.

Extremely rare 

1816 antique hand colored stone lithograph by Carl Joseph Brodtmann from his extremely rare series:

Naturhistorische Bilder Gallerie aus dem Thierreiche 

Lindau, Brodtmann [1816].

Here in fine original hand colour.

42,5 x 32,5 cm

Superb plate from this famed incunabula of lithography. 

Reference Winkler 105.

Brodtmann is considered a pioneer in the art of lithography employing techniques for "texture" that are quite similar to that of an aquatint. He produced his lithographs in the post-Linnaean "Age of Enlightenment" as books illustrations and sets of natural history prints, as Naturhistorische Bilder Gallerie aus dem Thierreiche, with the more expensive sets being hand coloured. Natural history specimens were depicted and sold in these hand-coloured sets for the use of biologists and the aristocracy, the latter being not only great patrons of the arts and sciences, but including many who were actively interested in fauna and flora.

Extremely scarce. 

Condition: Good overall condition.

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