Meleagride, o Gallina di Guinea (Snake's Head Fritillary, or Guinea Hen) by Xaviero Manetti

Meleagride, o Gallina di Guinea (Snakes Head Fritillary, or Guinea Hen) by Xaviero Manetti

Meleagride, o Gallina di Guinea (Snake's Head Fritillary, or Guinea Hen)

Xaviero Manetti

Title

Meleagride, o Gallina di Guinea (Snake's Head Fritillary, or Guinea Hen)

 
Artist
Year
1767 - 1776 
Technique
hand-colored engraving 
Image Size
13 1/2 x 10 5/8" platemark 
Signature
unsigned, as usual 
Edition Size
unknown 
Annotations
Meleagris, sive Gallina Guinea, vel Numidica. All' Ill e Rev. Sig: Cav: Giachino Giachini de' Conti Sandonnini Pubblico Profess di Sacri Canoni nell'Univers: di Pisa, e Canonico Penitenziere di quella Chiesa Primaziale 
Reference
Sitwell p. 120; from the massive folio "Storia Naturale degli Uccelli" 
Paper
antique, cream laid 
State
published 
Publisher
Manetti, Florence 
Inventory ID
14721 
Price
$600.00 
Description

From the portfolio "Ornithologia Methodice Digesta Atqua Iconibus Aeneis Ad Vivum Illuminantis Ornata 'Storia Naturale Degli Uccelli' "(The Natural Histroy of Birds). Plate 230.

According to S. Peter Dance: "The production of Manettiā€™s five massive folio volumes, Storia Naturale degli Uccelli, must have been one of the most remarkable publishing ventures ever undertaken in Florence.

Begun in 1767, and it was completed ten years later. It was larger, better engraved and more vividly coloured than any previous work on birds." S. Peter Dance, The Art of Natural History: Animal Illustrators and their Work. London: 1978.

Guinea fowl eggs are brown and half the size of chicken eggs. The young hatchlings are known as keets. Guineas are foragers and are extremely hardy. They live in flocks and sound alarms when predators are near. Females usually have smaller wattles but the only accurate way to sex guineas is to listen to their voice.