Set of six plates of ocean animals, including fish, mollusks, and invertebrates, some of which include inset illustrations of human activity related to fishing. These are imprinted with the name of Barcelona publisher Antonio J. Bastinos, and one is signed “Julian” in the plate. There was a Julian Bastinos who illustrated a number of educational materials for Antonio J. Bastinos, and he is presumably the artist of these prints.
In the 19th education, there was a proliferation of visual materials, both printed and demonstration devices, as aids in teaching. The advent of lithography early in the 19th century, and then chromolithography later in the century, made the widespread use of these educational materials economically feasible. These colorful Spanish chromolithographs likely were used to teach natural history subjects.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear.