Sandtique Rare Prints
Cuvier's Animal Kingdom - "CRUSTATIONS - THREE CRABS" - Hand-Col'd Eng. - 1834
RARE, ANTIQUE ENGRAVED HAND-COLORED PRINT
This 182 year old print is from "ANIMAL KINGDON" by Baron George Cuvier in 1834. It was published by G.Henderson of London.
Cuvier was born in Montbéliard, France. At age 10, he encountered a copy of Gesner's Historiae Animalium, the work that first sparked his interest in natural history. He then began frequent visits to the home of a relation where he could borrow volumes of Buffon's massive Histoire Naturelle. All of these he read and re-read, retaining so much of the information that by the age of twelve "he was as familiar with quadrupeds and birds as a first-rate naturalist."
Cuvier spent four years at the Caroline Academy in Stuttgart, where he excelled in all of his coursework. Although he knew no German on his arrival, after only nine months study he managed to win the school prize for that language. Upon graduation, he had no money to await appointment to academic office. So in July, 1788 he took a job in Normandy as tutor to the only son of the Comte d'Héricy, a Protestant noble. It was here during the early 1790s that he began his comparisons of fossils with extant forms. ] As a result Cuvier entered into correspondence with several leading naturalists of the day and was invited to Paris. Arriving in the spring of 1795, at the age of 26, he soon became the assistant of Jean-Claude Mertrud (1728–1802), who had been appointed to the newly created chair of comparative anatomy at the Jardin des Plantes.
This hand-colored copper engraving print (the size of the picture) is about 4 1/2 " x 7 1/2 " on a page that is about 6 1/2 " x 10 " It is in very good condtion with usual age toning. It is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift.
The print that is being sold is of "PERGA & OTHERS".
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