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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!

31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Aphyonus gelatinosus (Australia), Bathypterois longicauda (South Pacific)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition w..
US$99.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Bathytroctes microlepis and macrolepis (Atlantic)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after the mothe..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Neobythites macrops (Fiji), Haloporphyrus inosimae (Japan)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after ..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Macrurus leptolepis (Brazil)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after the mother ship, HMS Challenge..
US$45.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Trachichthys trailli, Argentina elongata (New Zealand)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after the ..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Trachyrhynchus murrayi, longirostris, trachyrhynchusThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after the mo..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Lotella marginata (SW South America), Melanonus gracilis (Antarctic)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was na..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Bathyonus taenia (Atlantic), Cataetyx messieri, Diplacanthopoma brachysomaThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition ..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Typhlonus nasus (Indo-Pacific), Mixonus laticeps (Atlantic)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Macrurus asper (Japan), macrurus villosus (Japan, Philippines)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named af..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Macrurus serrulatus and nasutus (New Zealand and Japan)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after the..
US$45.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Lycodes muroena, Liparis micropus, Paraliparis bathybius and Paraliparis membranaceus (North AtlantiThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good ..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Macrurus sclerorhynchus, bairdii, aequalis (Atlantic)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after the m..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Melamphaes typhlops and megalops (Atlantic), Trachichthys elongatus and intermedius(Great Barrier IsThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good ..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Odontostomus hyalinus (Med), nannobrachium nigrum (Indian), Omosudis lowii, Idiacanthus ferx (AtlantThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good ..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Platytroctes apus (Atlantic), Bathytroctes rostratus, Xenodermichthys nodulosus (Japan)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. Th..
US$70.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Chlamydoselache anguinea (Japan)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after the mother ship, HMS Chall..
US$35.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named after the mother ship, HMS Challenger and laid the foundation of..
US$35.00
31 x 25cm (12 x 8 inches).Stomias affinis, Malacosteus indicus and niger (Philippines), Cyema atrum (Antarctic)This fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The ..
US$70.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Macrurus armatus and affinis (South Pacific)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition ..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Bathythrissa dorsalis (Japan), Alepocephalus niger (Australia)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good conditio..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Bathyonus compressus (Atlantic), Pteroidonus quinquarius (Japan), Malacosarcus macrostoma (Pacific)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Haloporphyrus ensiferus (Rio Plata), Onus reinhardti (Atlantic)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good conditi..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Haloporphyrus guentheri (Portugal), Haloporphyrus eques (Faroe), Macrurus longibarbis (Fiji)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Nettastoma parviceps, infans (Atlantic), Synaphobranchus brevidorsalis (Pacific)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is ..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Notocanthus sexspinis, rissoanus and bonapartii (New Zealand,Med, Atlantic)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very ..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Opostomias micripnus (Australia), Echiostoma barbatum (Madeira), Pachystomias microdonDouble sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s a..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Bathysaurus ferox and mollis (New Zealand)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition wa..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Macrurus rudis (Kermadec Islands)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named a..
US$85.00
31 x 50.5cm (12 x 16 inches).Euoxymetapon poeyi (Mauritius)Double sized fold out printThis fascinating antique lithograph shows fish discovered during the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76. It is an original antique, was made in the late 1800s and is very good condition. The expedition was named afte..
US$85.00
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