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1879 Print from W.F. Kirby's Natural History (Crocodiles)

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This 1879 double page color print of Crocodilia (Crocodiles) is from W.F. Kirby's Natural History of Reptiles, Fishes, Amphibias, Insects, Worms, Mollusca, Zoophytes, & C. for the Use of Young People, published in London by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.  The print shows a Mississippi Alligator and a Common Crocodile lying at the edge of the water.  One is consuming a small animal, as it lies near a nest of her eggs.  In the background (in black and white) a man has been caught by a crocodile while his fellow hunters attempt to kill the animal with spears and bow and arrow.  The print measures 15.625" wide by 12.75" high and has been printed in deep greens and pale yellows (with blue water and lighter green foliage) on fragile paper with a high acid content.  The engraving is in good condition, having retained its original colors and sharp lines.  The border, however, has discolored and has small tears, including 1" tears at the top and the bottom of the center fold line.