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Fossils, prehistoric.

Fossils, prehistoric.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


Hand-coloured engraving made c 1775 showing: 1) stone with relief of two insects; 2) black fossil stone; 3) calcareous stone showing crayfish imprint, with dendrites (treelike markings) which 'increase its rarity'; 5) dendrite imitating the head of a jellyfish; 6) dendrite known as Graptolithus algas referens (Linn); 7) marble from Salzburg; 8) stone showing leaf imprint. Illustration from 'Premiere [-seconde] centurie de planches enluminEes et non enluminEes representant au naturel ce qui se trouve de plus interessant et de plus curieux parmi les animaux, les vegetaux et les mineraux, pour servir d'intelligence A l'Histoire generale des trois regnes de la nature'. This work on the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms of nature, by Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz (1731-1807), was published in Paris between 1775 and 1781.

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