Amsterdam, Janssoons van Waesberge, 1744. Single leaf (25.6 x 21.0 cm).
This finely engraved plate depicts an item from the collection of natural history objects by the Dutch medical doctor and zoologist Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731). Shown is a branch coral or gorgonian, combined with a large crab and cirripeds into a single "sculpture". This plate was first issued in Ruysch's "Thesaurus animalium" (1710). This copy is from the later, Dutch edition, by the same publisher, of his collected works. Weak vertical fold, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Nissen ZBI, 3541.