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New Zealand Tuatera lizard antique print. Mutzel engraving c1894.

New Zealand Tuatera lizard antique print. Mutzel engraving c1894.

by Lydekker, Richard

Antique print of Tuatera, New Zealand lizard, c1894. As with a number of fish, reptiles and amphibian animals, the Tuatuera is exhibiting its third eye, the parietal or pineal eye on top of its nose. It can't focus or form images but does sense changes in light and dark. It is usually only evident in the young. As the animal ages the parietal eye is covered by scales or other epidermis.

Original wood engraving circa 1894 (with later hand-colour) for The Royal Natural History, the English zoological encyclopedia by Richard Lydekker B.A., F.G.S., F.Z.S., Etc. (sic.), after Illustrirtes Tierleben by Alfred Edmund Brehm (1829-1884), which was first published in Leipzig between 1864 and 1869, and was republished in Austria circa 1896 as Brehm’s Tierleben (Life of Animals). This antique print was published by Frederick Warne and Company of London & New York.

This engraving is mounted in 50mm wide 'antique white' archival board and covered with cellophane for protection. The image window measures 95 x.130mm (3 3/4" x 5").

Stock Number: apAR.2Price: $99.00

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