Thursday 25 April 2013

Delights for the eyes and the mind

These beautifully hand-coloured engravings are taken from Les delices des yeux et de l'esprit, ou collection generale des differentes especes de coquillages que la mer renferme by Georg Wolfgang Knorr (1705-1761), engraver and naturalist, who was born and spent all his life in Nuremberg, where this six-volume work was published in 1768.

You can see more of this delightful work on the Biodiversity Heritage Library's Flickr set here.