New Guinea Fish and Crab

The waters of New Guinea teemed with exotic fishes and crabs, which were faithfully depicted by William Dampier’s artist. When Dampier’s book A Voyage to New Holland was published in 1703, illustrations like these—along with Dampier’s vivid prose—introduced enthusiastic readers to plants, birds, and fish they had never seen before. The book became a bestseller.

Illustrations of fish and crab from New Guinea

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, D.C.