Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Atlas de Zoologie: ou collection de 100 planches

Atlas de Zoologie: ou collection de 100 planches (Zoological atlas or collection of 100 plates)
Atlas de Zoologie: ou collection de 100 planches (Zoological atlas or collection of 100 plates), by Paul Gervais, is a volume meant to accompany a large set of books on Zoology. Published in France in 1844, the book’s 100 plates feature over 200 illustrations by various artists of a number of different species, both extant and extinct.

Some of the illustrations are very accomplished and quite beautiful. You can easily see where volumes like this share a relationship with Audubon’s Birds of America, which was published in England in sections between 1827 and 1838.

The book is available to view or download on the site of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. I’ve taken the liberty of cropping out a few highlights rather than presenting the full plates above.

[Via BibliOdyssey]

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