Scheuchzer Snake Prints 1728

Serpentes SCS661 $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 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 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 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 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.

We accept credit cards, PayPal, checks, and money orders. Washington state residents pay sales tax. Shipping for this item to U.S. addresses is $9.95. Items can be combined to save on postage. Our environment is smoke free. You may return any item within 7 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK, fax, or email. We pack professionally using only new materials.


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