De aquatilibus

Petri Bellonii Cenomani de aquatilibus, libri duo cum eiconibus

Attributed to Pierre Gourdelle (French, about 1530–after 1588), Author Pierre Belon (French, 1517?–1564), Printer Charles Estienne (French, 1504–about 1564)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet I, 761; Nissen, Zoologische Buchillustration, 302


Overall: 11.1 x 18 x 3.2 cm (4 3/8 x 7 1/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous hand-colored woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Charles Estienne, 1553) Octavo; 240 leaves [lacking fol. D5]; contemporary gilt-stamped calf (red cloth box).

Illustrations of fish, shellfish, mollusks, whales, turtles (pp. 52-53), hippopotamus (p. 13), “monkfish” (p. 39), crocodile (p. 43), etc.

Paris: Charles Estienne, 1553


Thomas, Lord Trevor (bookplate dated 1738); Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow, by whom given to MFA, December 1989.

Credit Line

Gift of Arthur and Charlotte Vershbow