Sunday, June 26, 2011

General Herpetology

Illustrations from 'Erpétologie Générale, ou,
Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles'
by AMC Duméril & G Bibron, 1854.

Cameleon veuqueux

Cameleon ordinaire

Gymnopode spinifere

Chelonee caouane

Cistude commune

Rhacophore de Reinwardt

Grenouille commune

Rhinoplus des Philippines

Tetes de Crotales

RAchiodon d'Abyssinie

Chlamydosaure de King

Phrynocephale a oreilles

Ptyodactyle raye

The multi-volume series, 'Erpétologie Générale, ou, Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles', was released over a twenty year period beginning in 1834. The final volume is an atlas with more than one hundred steel engravings that were (I presume) hand-coloured.

'Erpétologie Générale' is owned by the Smithsonian Institution and is made available online through the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Internet Archive (the plates featured above were downloaded from the latter source).

[via the Biodiversity Heritage Library blog Book of the Week from earlier this year]

1 comment :

aetherea said...

These are wonderful! Reminds me that we don't have to speculate about extraterrestrial life forms when we have such amazing variety right here!

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