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Corals in various stages of development, 1725.

Pool, Matthys

Corals in various stages of development, 1725.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 19cm x 32cm


Engraving by Matthys Pool taken from Count Luigi Ferdinando Marsili's (1658-1730) 'Histoire Physique de la Mer', (Physical History of the Sea), the first oceonography book ever written, published Amsterdam in 1725. Marsili was a scientist and patron of the arts, who travelled throughout Europe. In 1722-23 he met Newton, Halley, Sloane, and the physician Herman Boehaave (1668-1738) who helped him publish this book and also wrote a preface for it.

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