Monday, July 18, 2011

Cuban Critters

natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857 d



natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857 h



natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857 p



natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857



natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857 l



natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857 c



natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857 f



natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857 j



natural history illustration from  Cuba 1838-1857 o


These illustrations are from an atlas of twenty plates that constitutes one volume of 'Histoire Physique, Politique et Naturelle de l'ile de Cuba' (1838-1857), online via the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The BHL has a few more versions (or volumes) here : I think the fourth entry has all 13 volumes from the series, which had an overall editor/author in the Spanish botanist and anarchist, Ramon de la Sagra, who was the Director of the Botanical Gardens in Cuba.

Some of the plates from this series of twenty would make good colouring-in material to while away a child's rainy afternoon I suspect (there are plenty of outlined little beasties in the unseen balance of plates; similar to a couple of images above). At full size, the images are >4000px on the short side. At the BHL site, choose a plate from the menu in the left sidebar and hit the print icon to load an enlarged version in a pop-up window and right click to download. Easy.

Previously: Cuba.

UPDATE: The BHL blog Book of the Week feature for July 21, 2011.

2 comments :

Vancouver Creative said...

Nice, love it!

thiswritelife said...

What great images you share! Long forgotten art can fire the imagination of writers and artists alike, very thrilled to have found you!
Cheers!
Mary Jo

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