Johann Jacob Scheuchzer Floral Prints

While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

Scheuchzer Physica Sacra Tab 18: Opus quintae Diei SCH38 $225 Sale Price: $175
Each print measures approximately 10 inches wide by 16 inches long

Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) was a physician by training, with a strong interest in natural history and paleontology. Born in Switzerland, the son of a physician, he studied at University in Germany & later returned to Zurich to take a professorship in Mathematics. Like many scientists of the day, he considered the Old Testament a factual account of the history of the earth. In his extensive travels he amassed one of the largest fossil collections of the 18th century. He hypothesized that all plants had perished in the flood described in the bible, & discovered what he believed to be the fossil of a human flood victim. In his masterpiece, Physica Sacra, he details his theory at length, using references to the 1611 King James Bible. The book was a sensation & was published simultaneously in Latin, German & French, each issue with exactly the same plates. His theories were not disproved until the work of Cuvier.

The superbly powerful illustrations were by well known artists of the day including Corvinus, Sperling & Linz. They represent the pinnacle of copper plate engraving, as well as depicting many subjects for the first time. The snake plates are the subject of an article in the Bulletin of the International Society for the History & Bibliography of Herpetology (Vol4, No 2, 2003). The following link provides more information on this fascinating topic:

Click here: Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology.

We are delighted to offer a selection of some of the finest prints from this work, many showing the origins of man as they were perceived in the 18th century. Each print is on strong softly aged hand made chain lined paper, some bearing crown watermarks & measuring 10 inches wide by 16 inches long, most with little foxing. A few may be slightly smaller.

The engravings have been masterfully hand colored for us by our colorist to render the prints superbly decorative. There is no descriptive text, but a copy of the title page will accompany each authentic copper engraving, almost 300 years old.

We accept credit cards & PayPal. Florida state residents pay Florida state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $10.95 in the US. International shipping starts at $30 and may vary according to the destination country and the size of the prints. Buyers are responsible for all customs duties. Items can be combined to save on postage. Our environment is smoke free. We pack professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 10 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK, or send email to

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