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Antique engraving of an armadillo

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This is an antique copper plate engraving from William Smellie's translation into English of Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count de Buffon's "Natural History, general and particular" published at the end of the 18th century. There were a number of editions but this delightful plate has an early feel to it. (Some 19th century editions were hand-tinted, for example. This plate has not been tinted.) The page has been trimmed and is blank on the reverse. It shows a side view of an armadillo with a man on a bridge in the background.

The armadillo is a mammal native to the Americas. The Aztec called it azotochtli or turtle rabbit.

Andrew Bell, the engraver of this plate, was a cofounder of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (the first edition of which was edited by William Smellie).

The engraving measures 17 x 11.4 cm (6⅝ x 4½ inches). It's in fairly good condition - please study the photographs - a little yellowed with age which is wonderful.

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Antique engraving of an armadillo


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
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