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This superb series of natural history images were done by
some of the best French illustrators of the day, artists such as Pretre, Susemihl, Travier & Oudart.

From from the most famous European “Cabinets of Curiosities”, which featured exotic shells, minerals, fish and reptiles. Knorr a paleontologist, painter and engraver produced this collection of engarvings in Nuremberg under the title of Deliciae Naturae Selectae.

In 1854 McCoy accepted the newly founded professorship of natural science in the University of Melbourne. He established the National Museum of Natural History and Geology in Melbourne, of which he was director; and becoming associated with the Geological Survey of Victoria as palaeontologist, he issued a series of decades entitled Prodromus of the Palaeontology of Victoria.

These illustrations are from his Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria, issues in parts from 1878-1890,due to financial costs it was never completed. Many well known colonial artist contributed the illustraions including;Arthur Bartholomew,Ludwig Becker, Edward Gilks, Theresa Poole, James Ripper, Frederick Schoenfeld and
John James Wild.

An important colonial zoology series.
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