This superb, originally hand-colored folio engraving is from Georg Wolfgang Knorr’s rare, monumental work, Delices de la Nature ou Choix de tout ce que les Trois Regnes de la Nature … un Cabinet or Selected Delights of Nature, or the Exquisite Collector’s Cabinet. The work was published in Nuremberg in 1779 by Ches les Heritiers for Knorr. The engravings are truly great illustrations from a German natural history work from the Golden Age of German printing.

Knorr was a German paleontologist, painter, draftsman, engraver, collector, and art dealer. He learned engraving from Leonhard Blanc and Martin Tyroff and worked on the illustrations in Jacob Scheuchzer’s Physica Sacra. He worked with the celebrated Christoph Jakob Trew as well. Knorr’s Delices… is often considered his masterpiece.