Mergus Merganser – Sepp & Nozeman (1809)



Description: Antique print titled ‘Mergus Merganser’. This print depicts the common merganser (Dutch: grote zaagbek). The common merganser (North American) or goosander (Eurasian) (Mergus merganser) is a large duck of rivers and lakes in forested areas of Europe, northern and central Asia, and North America. The common merganser eats fish and nests in holes in trees.


This print originates from ‘Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven’, Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.


Original text page included.


Artists and engravers: This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.



  • Date: 1809
  • Overall size: 53 x 37 cm.
  • Image size: 49 x 35 cm.
  • Condition: Good. General age-related toning, some staining. Please study image carefully.
  • Purchase code: BG-05991-169
  • Price: 489,5 Euro / 578 USD / 8.350.000 IDR