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1300 Real and Fanciful Animals from Seventeenth-Century Engravings (Dover Pictorial Archive) Paperback – January 23, 1998

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A painter whose father was an engraver and publisher of the same name, Matthäus Merian (1621–1687) published this remarkable group of unusual and highly imaginative animal illustrations. This copyright-free collection includes a large and fascinating selection of engravings that illustrate scientific specimens and legendary creatures―all meticulously reproduced from an extremely rare eighteenth-century edition.
Carefully arranged into six major divisions (quadrupeds, snakes, mollusks and crustaceans, fish, birds, and insects), approximately 1,300 copyright-free images include realistic and fanciful portrayals of a varied array of real animals, in addition to such imaginary creatures as unicorns, dragons, basilisks, harpies, griffins, and other mythical beasts. Identifying captions in Latin accompany many of the illustrations.
Commercial artists, illustrators, and craftspeople will find a host of uses for these lovingly detailed engravings: as book and magazine illustrations and as attention-getting graphics ideal for enhancing flyers, brochures, newsletters, and any number of other print projects. Art lovers and antiquarians―anyone with an interest in the art and ideas of an earlier era―will enjoy browsing through these wonderful antique images.
Dover (1998) republication of 123 plates from the work published by R. & G. Wetstenios, Amsterdam, 1718.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (January 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486402371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486402376
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2001
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This book is a collection of images and engravings of mythological animals. For the artist who is in search of period imagery, I highly reccomend this book; the engravings are beautiful and wierd--enough to stimulate anyone's imagination! For one who wants content and description of these creatures, this book isn't for you--there is not much text. Overall, a great resource book for artists.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Version One on October 3, 2007
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This is a nicely done book of woodcuts and pen and ink illustrations for anyone looking for a different style of illustration. There is little clean-up involved on these nice clean illustrations if you decide to scan them. They also convert nicely to vector with the Live-Trace feature in Adobe Illustrator CS3.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janeen Duer on May 22, 2010
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I will admit that my expectations of creatures that might be contained were firmly in my head when I ordered this, and some creatures I longed and hoped for were not included. There were a number of delightful pictures that I doubt I will ever use despite the excellent illustrations, but there are also some incredible ones that will be used over and over in my art journal projects and ATC experiments for sure. There is plenty in this book for the collage or transfer artist to toy with, all with excellent detail that should enhance any project quite well. Am happy to have it on my shelf!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By messychestnut on May 10, 2013
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worth every penny! the illustrations are a joy to pore over. if you like this book, you should check out David Attenborough's book, Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JUNE on August 27, 2013
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My grandson's liked the prints very much. They like drawing fantasy creatures and this had some very interesting drawings. Price was good for this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By johanna on March 25, 2011
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Lots of fantasy creatures (sometimes really funny!), but also a good selection of detailed butterflies, bugs, birds and shellfish, most of them in acceptable size. Rating would be a 5 if cd had been included.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Jenison on March 15, 2009
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1300 Real and Fanciful Animals: From Seventeenth-Century Engravings (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)
Excellent book!!No copywrites,and that's perfect for artists and animal lovers alike.Extremely beautiful carving collection.A must for any artist or animal lover!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Barefoot on December 19, 2013
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I love looking at this book. Its just the drawings which I like because there aren't words to take away from anything. Its pretty neat!
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