Date of Printing: 1843 • Medium: Lithograph (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Snakes, Reptiles, Amphibians • Signed: Plate signed, Lower Right • Period Created: Romantic (1800 - 1899) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 27 x 34 • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 27 x 34 • Style: FOLIO Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Excellent • Edition Type: 1st Edition - Limited • Paper Type: Woven • Framed: Print only
This is a beautiful antique German lithograph, hand colored, from "Okens Allgemeine Naturgeschichte VI Zoologie", by Lorenz Oken, 1843, printed by Hoffmannssche Verlage, Stuttgart. This print displays different types of snakes, from the Horned Viper, Cobra, and other poisonous species. Etched by C. Maier.
Lorenz Oken (1 August 1779 – 11 August 1851) was a German naturalist, botanist, biologist, and ornithologist. Oken was born Lorenz Okenfuss (German: Okenfuß) in Bohlsbach (now part of Offenburg), Ortenau, Baden, and studied natural history and medicine at the universities of Freiburg and Würzburg. He went on to the University of Göttingen, where he became a Privatdozent (unsalaried lecturer), and shortened his name to Oken. As Lorenz Oken, he published a small work entitled Grundriss der Naturphilosophie, der Theorie der Sinne, mit der darauf gegründeten Classification der Thiere (1802). This was the first of a series of works which established him as a leader of the movement of "Naturphilosophie" in Germany.
Good condition,reverse blank. Very light toning on margins. Please see photos.