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Ichthyological study of the old wife, Enoplosus armatus, here styled Guaperva maxima caudata, shown in full right profile, with a spiralling tail.
Printed inscription: ‘Guaperva maxima caudata e M: S: R./ Tab. I.23. Sumpt. D. Samuelis Pepys Præs. S. R.’ with further handwritten annotation ‘The Old Wife. Brahamensibus.’ Numbered ‘71’ in the top right-hand corner.
Plate I:23 from De historia piscium libri quatuor, by Francis Willughby and John Ray (Oxford, 1686).
Francis Willughby (1635-1672), British naturalist, was an Original Fellow of the Royal Society.
John Ray (1627-1705), British naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1667.
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) British naval official and diarist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1665 and served as President between 1684-1686.
- Image reference: RS-20657
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