Origin: English Period: George III Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1790-1797 The Larger Three: 12.25” wide x 18.5” high The Smaller Two: 9.75” wide x 12” high
The quintet of antique engraved engravings with the well executed hand colouring to each, being original illustrations published in 1787-97, Edinburgh for "Encyclopaedia Britannica" Edited by Colin Macfarquhar and George Gleig et a and in London for "The New Royal Cyclopaedia, and Encyclopaedia; Or, Complete Modern and Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences" by George Selby Howard respectively; hailing from the last decade of the eighteenth century and showing a wonderful and vibrant array of corals, seaweeds and mosses, each now framed for display.
The finely coloured plates are in generally good overall order. There is some light discoloration marks, minor margin toning and a couple of small margin tears, but the specimen examples all remain incredibly vibrant. The frames and ivory card mounts are recent and in keeping.
The plates are as follows:
Royal Cyclopaedia C1790 Hand Col Print. Coral, Seaweed, Mosses 48 Royal Cyclopaedia C1790 Hand Col Print. Coral 51 Royal Cyclopaedia C1790 Hand Col Print. Coral 52 Encyclopaedia Britannica 1797 HCol Print. Corals – Corallines Encyclopaedia Britannica 1797 HCol Print. Corals
Both of these publications were intended to be a universal dictionary of arts and sciences and so forth of the time.
With coral reefs fast disappearing this is a timely reminder of how richly beautiful these organisms are.