Out with the Rat, in with the Ox

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2008 contained a great many things, so here’s a sort of symbolic homage: a plate from Dictionnaire Universel D’Histoire Naturelle . . . some sort of marsupial rat.  This isn’t very forward looking, but the volume, which I could pore over until my eyes fall out, doesn’t seem to include a plate of an ox.  Charles M. D’Orbigny was an intimate friend of AudubonHere’s the volume on mammals and birds, although I highly recommend the butterflies.  -Ed Scripsi

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Published in: on January 6, 2009 at 3:22 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. If it is possible for a marsupial rat to look beautiful — and I probably wouldn’t have thought it possible — THAT rendering of a marsupial rat is beautiful. What a wonderful book!

  2. I’d be happy to show it to you, when you come down to visit ;)
    I guess you did just do quite a bit of traveling, surrounding the holly-daze.

  3. Interesting note: I did a search on Amazon.com for this book –Dictionnaire Universel D’Histoire Naturelle– and found a copy for sale for $410! Interesting to know that copies can be found, but at that price, I’m afraid it won’t be gracing my book shelves any time soon. But that’s what we have libraries, for, right?!

    It would be fun to visit you at the Merc and see the sights — if the invitation stands, we’ll try to visit some time this spring or summer :-)


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