THE CRUSCIAN CARP
“Cyprinus Carassius/Die Karausche/Le Carassin/The Crucian” (plate 1), copper engraving made by Ludwig Schmidt after the drawing of Krüger jr, for Markus Elieser Bloch’s “Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische” published in Berlin between 1782 and 1795. With original hand colouring. Size: 19 x 38 cm.
Bloch’s work on the “Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische” occupied a considerable portion of his life, and is considered to have laid the foundations of the science of ichthyology. The publication was encouraged by a large subscription, and it passed rapidly through five editions in German and in French. Bloch made little or no alteration in the systematic arrangement of Peter Artedi and Carl Linnaeus, although he was disposed to introduce into the classification some modifications depending on the structure of the gills. To the number of genera before established, he found it necessary to add nineteen new ones, and he described 276 species new to science, many of them inhabitants of the remotest parts of the ocean, and by the brilliancy of their colours, or the singularity of their forms, as much objects of popular admiration as of scientific curiosity.
Bloch is considered the most important ichthyologist of the 18th century.
The Crucian Carp is a species of freshwater fish that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a hardy and adaptable fish, and is widely distributed in many countries. The Crucian Carp is a relatively small fish, typically reaching sizes of only around 30 centimeters in length, and is characterized by its golden coloration, distinct scales, and long, slender body shape. This species of fish is considered a popular sport fish and is widely sought after by anglers for its fighting spirit and ability to put up a strong fight. It is also considered a valuable food fish and is often farmed for human consumption.
Price: Euro 350,-