Serpentes SCS653 $125
Each print measures
approximately 9 1/2 inches wide by 15 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
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 disproven 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
Click here: Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern
Paleontology and Biology
We are delighted to offer a selection of some of the
finest snake prints from this work. Each
print is on strong white hand made chain lined paper,
some bearing crown watermarks & measuring 9 1/2 inches wide
by 15 inches long, entirely free of foxing.
The engravings have been masterfully hand colored for
us by our English colorists 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.
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