Wonderfully colourful fish from Louis Renard's Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabbes... (1st ed 1717, 2nd ed 1754) -
"While the drawings may be outlandish," says the University of Glasgow's special libraries collection, "this book is important in the development of animal illustration. As Pietsch has pointed out, if we ignore the colouration and anatomical errors and 'concentrate on color pattern and certain key generic and familial characters ... we can associate many of these drawings with existing animals'. "
You may recognise William Morris's work on this page -
this book, which draws on the collections of the National Art Library, situated in the V&A.