BG-05991-235

Numida Meleagris - Sepp & Nozeman (1829)

  • Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.
  • Date: 1829
  • Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
  • Image size: 27.5 x 40 cm.
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Description: Antique print titled 'Numida Meleagris'. This print depicts the helmeted guineafowl (Dutch: helmparelhoen). The helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris) is the best known of the guineafowl bird family, Numididae, and the only member of the genus Numida. It is native to Africa, mainly south of the Sahara, and has been widely introduced into the West Indies, Brazil, Australia and Europe (e.g. southern France).

This print originates from 'Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven", Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.

Original text page included.

Artists and engravers: This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.