Marcus Bloch

German , 1723 - 1799

A German physician from Berlin, Marcus Elieser Bloch was one of the earliest students of fish to publish a series of fish prints. “Histoire naturelle générale et particuliére”, in which he described over 200 species for the first time, remained a primary source for the next century.

Bloch issued folio and octavo prints and each specimen was engraved on a copper plate and then hand-colored with watercolors. The plates contain the names of each fish in several languages.

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