Crabs and shellfish, c 1690.
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Engraving after Japanese prints, including a common crab (fig 1), a striated pocket crab (fig 2), abalones (fig 3), clams (fig 5), and spiral river shells (fig 9). From 'The History of Japan' (1727) by Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716). Kaempfer was a German physician working at the Dutch trading post in Japan from 1690-1692. On his return to Europe he wrote 'The History of Japan' which records many aspects of the country in the Genroku period (1688-1704). Engraving after Japanese prints.