The multi-volume series, 'Erpétologie Générale, ou, Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles', was released over a twenty year period beginning in 1834. The final volume is an atlas with more than one hundred steel engravings that were (I presume) hand-coloured. 'Erpétologie Générale' is owned by the Smithsonian Institution and is made available online through the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Internet Archive (the plates featured above were downloaded from the latter source).

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Horseshoe crab. D. Jacob Christian Schäffers Abhandlungen von Insecten Bd. 2-3 Regensburg :Verlegts Johann Leopold Montag,1764-1779. Biodiversitylibrary. Biodivlibrary. BHL. Biodiversity Heritage Library

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1 - Palaeontology - Biodiversity Heritage Library

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v.2 plates - The animal kingdom, arranged according to its organization, serving as a foundation for the natural history of animals : - Biodiversity Heritage Library

The animal kingdom, arranged according to its organization, serving as a foundation for the natural history of animals : - Biodiversity Heritage Library

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