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1731 Johann Scheuchzer Creation 5th day

1731 Johann Scheuchzer Creation 5th day

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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1731 Physica Sacra (Sacred Physics) by Johann Scheuchzer (1672-1733) folio copper engraving of the fifth day of creation (insects, crawling things) drawn by a team of engravers under the direction of Johann Andreas Pfeffel (1674-1748). The goal of Scheuchzer's work was to use the best contemporary science to illuminate the biblical account of human history in a sequence of 745 plates. At the time there was little doubt that science (physica) supported the literal truth of the Biblical chronology of creation and history. Various arthropods including exotic insects from the New World (Rhinoceros Beetle and Hamadryas buttefly) are illustrated with better known European species (Stag beetle, cicada) and illustrations of metamorphosis. Colour version also available in collection.

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