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Image number: RS.13565
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Puff adder

Date

1809

Creator

Joseph Constantine Stadler (1750-1812, German), Printmaker

After

James Grey Jackson (fl. early 19th century, British), Artist

Object type

Library reference

RCN45924

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 215mm
width (print): 271mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > snake

Description

Zoological study of the Common puff adder, Bitis arietans, here referred to as ‘El Effah’. Side view of the snake with a scale of 1 foot. The reptile is native to Central and Southern Africa.

Plate 5 from the book An account of the Empire of Marocco, and the district of Suse… by James Grey Jackson (London, W. Bulmer and Co., for the author, 1809).

The plate is inscribed above: ‘Plate 5. El Efah’ Inscribed below: ‘Drawn by J.G. Jackson. Engraved by J.C. Stadler. London. Published March 1st 1809. by G. & W. Nicholl, Pall Mall.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘El Effah is the name of the name of the other serpent remarkable for its quick and penetrating poison; it is about two feet long, and as thick as a man’s arm, beautifully spotted with yellow and brown…’

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