published 1555

A woodcut of a fanciful member of the dolphin family Delphinidae from  noted French explorer, physician and naturalist Pierre Belon’s La nature & diversité des poisons, avec leurs pourtraicts, representez au plus près du naturel (The nature and diversity of fish, with their portraits represented close to nature), published in 1555.

See this and 45 other exquisite reproductions from 33 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works in the new exhibition, Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History, now open.