(Plate 8 Tortise Snake) Orbigny. Dictionnaire Universel. Paris 1849. $95.00
Plate 8 Reptiles
Charles Victor Marie Dessalines d'Orbigny (1802-1857) was a French naturalist, zoologist, paleontologist, anthropologist, geologist, archeologist and botanist, whose chef d' Oeuvre is a lavishly illustrated encyclopedia entitled: Dictionnaire Universel d'Histoire Naturelle. This very complete work was designed to appeal to both academics and amateurs and included illustrations of all known animals, plants, fish and insects. The illustrations were executed by some of the finest artists of the day and showcases the mastery of engraving which French artists were known for in the early years of the 19th century. Those charming engravings of floral bouquets are scarce and desirable.
Engraving with full original hand color. 12 x 8 3/4 inches sheet. Excellent condition.