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Challenger Expedition

These fascinating antique lithographs show fish discovered during the Challenger expedition of 1872-76. This was described as "the greatest advance in the knowledge of our planet since the celebrated discoveries of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries".
As recently as the late 19th century, human knowledge of the oceans was confined to the upper few fathoms of the water and a small amount of the bottom, mainly in shallow areas. Sailors and scientists knew almost nothing of the ocean depths.
The Challenger expedition of 1872–76 laid the foundation of deep sea research. The expedition was named after the mother ship, HMS Challenger. The Royal Society of London obtained the use of Challenger from the Royal Navy and in 1872 modified the ship for scientific work. She traveled nearly 70,000 nautical miles (130,000 km). The result was the Report Of The Scientific Results of the Exploring Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 which, among many other discoveries, catalogued over 4,000 previously unknown species. Notably, the expedition also discovered the famous "Challenger Deep" which is the deepest part of the world's oceans.
These rare and intriguing lithographs were made in the late 1800s and show some most unusual looking fish. They make make great conversation pieces!

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31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Aphyonus gelatinosus (Australia), Bathypterois longicauda (South Pacific)T..
US$99.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Bathytroctes microlepis and macrolepis (Atlantic)This fascinating antique ..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Neobythites macrops (Fiji), Haloporphyrus inosimae (Japan)This fascinating..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Macrurus leptolepis (Brazil)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish..
US$45.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Trachichthys trailli, Argentina elongata (New Zealand)This fascinating ant..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Trachyrhynchus murrayi, longirostris, trachyrhynchusThis fascinating antiq..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Chlorophthalmus gracilis (atlantic and Pacific), Ipnops murrayi (Atlantic ..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Lotella marginata (SW South America), Melanonus gracilis (Antarctic)This f..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Bathyonus taenia (Atlantic), Cataetyx messieri, Diplacanthopoma brachysoma..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Typhlonus nasus (Indo-Pacific), Mixonus laticeps (Atlantic)This fascinatin..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Macrurus asper (Japan), macrurus villosus (Japan, Philippines)This fascina..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Macrurus serrulatus and nasutus (New Zealand and Japan)This fascinating an..
US$45.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Lycodes muroena, Liparis micropus, Paraliparis bathybius and Paraliparis m..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Macrurus sclerorhynchus, bairdii, aequalis (Atlantic)This fascinating anti..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Melamphaes typhlops and megalops (Atlantic), Trachichthys elongatus and in..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Odontostomus hyalinus (Med), nannobrachium nigrum (Indian), Omosudis lowii..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Platytroctes apus (Atlantic), Bathytroctes rostratus, Xenodermichthys nodu..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Chlorophthalmus nigripinnis, Polipnus spinosus (Indian), Scopelus engrauli..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Chlamydoselache anguinea (Japan)This fascinating antique lithograph shows ..
US$35.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Chall..
US$35.00