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Friday’s Library Snapshot

June 7, 2013

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The book of the great sea-dragons, Ichthyosauri and Plesiosauri, gedolim taninim, of Moses : extinct monsters of the ancient earth ; with thirty plates, copied from skeletons in the author’s collection of fossil organic remains.  They were deposited in the British Museum  by Thomas Hawkins (1810-1809) a fellow of the Geological Society.

He  formed two important collections of ichthyosaurs and long-necked plesiosaurs from the Jurassic rocks in the Somerset area (southwest England) where he lived

The frontispiece “Sea-dragons as they lived”, signed; designed and engraved by John Martin, 1840; rest of the plates are printed by Standidge & Lemon, 77, Cornhill and most signed: drawn from nature on stone by H. O’Neill, 2 by B.J. Rossiter and 9 plates signed: G. Scharf, del et lithog.

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