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Nile – Heterotis nilotica H(emprich) & E(hrenberg). The Westafrican Arowana from the group of the bony-tongues together with 3 small details. Coloured engraving by Friedrich Wilhelm Linger (1787 Berlin 1848) after Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg. Inscribed: ad Nat. del. C: G: Ehrenberg. / F. W. Linger jun. sculp. Berlin 1827., otherwise as above. 13½ × 18¾ in (34.4 × 47.6 cm).

Nile - Heterotis nilotica

ZOOLOGICA I PISCES I. – From Ehrenberg’s ( “belongs to the most important naturalists of the century”, ADB ) Symbolae physicae devoted North Africa + West Asia. – Typographic watermark H. Oeser in Basle. – On wove paper uncut on 3 sides. – Some slight foxing spots in the white outer part.

Offer no. 12,266 / EUR  166. (c. US$ 192.) + shipping


“ I am curious as to the history of this (original Ridinger printing) plate (I just bought) and the others you have offered. Did you purchase them from the Ridinger estate (indirectly, indeed) or a private collector? These are truly rare one of a kind pieces ”

(Mr. L. A. F., October 28, 2003)