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Miscellany Collection

"An Enchanting Miscellany of Nature's Wonders" Delve into the captivating world of miscellany, where extraordinary creatures and exquisite treasures await

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Great crested newt, Triturus cristatus Critically

Great crested newt, Triturus cristatus Critically
Great crested newt, Triturus cristatus. Critically endangered.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Red admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta

Red admiral butterfly, Vanessa atalanta.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Eurasian jay, Garrulus glandarius

Eurasian jay, Garrulus glandarius (Common jay, Corvus glandarius). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Purple emperor, Apatura iris

Purple emperor, Apatura iris (Iris butterfly, Papilio iris). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder. Handcoloured copperplate engraving from George Shaw

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Luna moth, Actias luna

Luna moth, Actias luna.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Dodo, Raphus cucullatus, Didus ineptus, extinct

Dodo, Raphus cucullatus, Didus ineptus, extinct flightless bird.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Macleays swallowtail, Graphium macleayanus

Macleays swallowtail, Graphium macleayanus (Macleays butterfly, Papilio macleayanus). Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Musk duck, Biziura lobata

Musk duck, Biziura lobata.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Elegant venus shell, Hysteroconcha dione

Elegant venus shell, Hysteroconcha dione.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Black slug, great slug, Arion ater, Limax maximus

Black slug, great slug, Arion ater, Limax maximus.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Pilgrims scallop, Pecten jacobaeus

Pilgrims scallop, Pecten jacobaeus (Jacobaean scallop, Ostrea jacobaea). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Crested wood-partridge, Rollulus rouloul Near threatened

Crested wood-partridge, Rollulus rouloul Near threatened
Crested wood-partridge, Rollulus rouloul. Near threatened.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Harlequin hummingbird, Trochilus multicolor

Harlequin hummingbird, Trochilus multicolor.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Lesser spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopos minor

Lesser spotted woodpecker, Dendrocopos minor.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Black swan, Cygnus stratus

Black swan, Cygnus stratus.. Handcolored copperplate zoological engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1792

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Pied currawong, Strepera graculina

Pied currawong, Strepera graculina (Noisy crow, Corvus strepera). Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder from William Elford Leachs Zoological Miscellany

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Scarlet leafwing, Siderone galanthis

Scarlet leafwing, Siderone galanthis
Scarlet or red-striped leafwing, Siderone galanthis, and cardinal butterfly, Argynnis pandora. Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Van de Polls birdwing butterfly, Troides

Van de Polls birdwing butterfly, Troides vandepolli (Amphrysius butterfly, Papilio amphrysius). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Siren or greater siren, Siren lacertina Eel-like

Siren or greater siren, Siren lacertina Eel-like
Siren or greater siren, Siren lacertina. Eel-like amphibian native to America.. Handcolored copperplate engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany, 1800

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Atlantic mackerel, Scomber scombrus

Atlantic mackerel, Scomber scombrus.. Handcolored copperplate engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany 1812

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Collared lory, Phigys solitarius

Collared lory, Phigys solitarius.. Handcolored steel engraving by Joseph Kidd from Sir Thomas Dick Lauder and Captain Thomas Browns Miscellany of Natural History: Parrots, Edinburgh, 1833

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Brown kiwi, Apteryx australis Vulnerable

Brown kiwi, Apteryx australis Vulnerable
Brown kiwi, Apteryx australis. Vulnerable.. Handcolored copperplate engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodders The Naturalists Miscellany 1812

Background imageMiscellany Collection: First issue Then Swanska Argus, 1732

First issue Then Swanska Argus, 1732
XJF3037923 First issue Then SwAÔé¼nska Argus, 1732 by Swedish School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Then SwAÔé¼nska Argus was written entirely by the Swedish poet, Olof von Dalin)

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Coralline species, Corallina auriculariaeformis

Coralline species, Corallina auriculariaeformis. (Cactus coralline, Halimedia opuntia?) Handcoloured copperplate engraving by James Sowerby from The British Miscellany, or Coloured figures of new

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Rhinoceros beetle, Trypoxylus dichotomus

Rhinoceros beetle, Trypoxylus dichotomus (Fork-horned beetle, Scarabaeus dichotomus). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Great mormon butterfly, Papilio memnon

Great mormon butterfly, Papilio memnon (Agenor butterfly, Papilio agenor). Illustration drawn by George Shaw and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Spectacled owl, Pulsatrix perspicillata

Spectacled owl, Pulsatrix perspicillata (Masked owl, Strix larvata). Illustration drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Turquoise parrot, Neophema pulchella. Turkosine parrakeet, Psittacus pulchellus

Turquoise parrot, Neophema pulchella. Turkosine parrakeet, Psittacus pulchellus. Hand-coloured steel engraving by Joseph Kidd (after John Audubon)

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Natural History, dhxprc

Natural History, dhxprc
Giant burrowing frog, Heleioporus australiacus. Vulnerable. Illustration signed SN (George Shaw and Frederick Nodder). Handcolored copperplate engraving from George Shaw

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 133. A very small Egyptian mummy in its coffin;an antient vase found in the ruins of

Page 133. A very small Egyptian mummy in its coffin;an antient vase found in the ruins of Herculaneum;a Chinese
5670052 Page 133.A very small Egyptian mummy in its coffin; an antient vase found in the ruins of Herculaneum; a Chinese parasol, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 175. This bottle must have been twice in the fire, being of green glass within

Page 175. This bottle must have been twice in the fire, being of green glass within
5670073 Page 175. This bottle must have been twice in the fire, being of green glass within and stained on the outside; head of an Irish arrow, made of flint

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 170. A curious antique map of Dublin for the year 1610 copy of map published by John

Page 170. A curious antique map of Dublin for the year 1610 copy of map published by John Speed;antient Irish
5670068 Page 170. A curious antique map of Dublin for the year 1610 copy of map published by John Speed; antient Irish instrument for drawing teeth, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 33. Four lacrimatories found in the catacombs;a curious old key;a small antique head in

Page 33. Four lacrimatories found in the catacombs;a curious old key;a small antique head in bronze;two antique bronze
5670006 Page 33. Four lacrimatories found in the catacombs; a curious old key; a small antique head in bronze; two antique bronze vessels, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 177. A brass key found in the ruins of Burgess Castle;the Porcupine copied from a living animal

Page 177. A brass key found in the ruins of Burgess Castle;the Porcupine copied from a living animal
5670075 Page 177. A brass key found in the ruins of Burgess Castle; the Porcupine copied from a living animal, exhibited in Dublin, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 169. Antient breast pin, found in Ireland;curious antique vessel, found in Ireland

Page 169. Antient breast pin, found in Ireland;curious antique vessel, found in Ireland
5670067 Page 169. Antient breast pin, found in Ireland; curious antique vessel, found in Ireland, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby, Kenelm Henry (1800-80); 39.6x25.2x5.4 cm; Mitchell Library

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 166. An Indian fan;an antient Irish bell, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)

Page 166. An Indian fan;an antient Irish bell, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)
5670064 Page 166. An Indian fan; an antient Irish bell, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby, Kenelm Henry (1800-80); 39.6x25.2x5.4 cm; Mitchell Library

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 172. The Charter horn;an antique ring, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)

Page 172. The Charter horn;an antique ring, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)
5670070 Page 172. The Charter horn; an antique ring, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby, Kenelm Henry (1800-80); 39.6x25.2x5.4 cm; Mitchell Library

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 168. A pair of solid gold ornaments supposed to have belonged to the antient Irish Druids

Page 168. A pair of solid gold ornaments supposed to have belonged to the antient Irish Druids
5670066 Page 168. A pair of solid gold ornaments supposed to have belonged to the antient Irish Druids, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 218. Model of a Roman Galley, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)

Page 218. Model of a Roman Galley, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)
5670092 Page 218. Model of a Roman Galley, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby, Kenelm Henry (1800-80); 39.6x25.2x5.4 cm; Mitchell Library

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 176. This ornament belonged to the front of an antient Irish helmet;a brass seal found along

Page 176. This ornament belonged to the front of an antient Irish helmet;a brass seal found along with the skeleton of
5670074 Page 176. This ornament belonged to the front of an antient Irish helmet; a brass seal found along with the skeleton of an immense man; antient Irish truncheon

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 174. Antient steel breast pin, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)

Page 174. Antient steel breast pin, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)
5670072 Page 174. Antient steel breast pin, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby, Kenelm Henry (1800-80); 39.6x25.2x5.4 cm; Mitchell Library

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 173. The Antient Irish bugle;antient Irish spearheads 4 drawings

Page 173. The Antient Irish bugle;antient Irish spearheads 4 drawings, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)
5670071 Page 173. The Antient Irish bugle; antient Irish spearheads 4 drawings, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby, Kenelm Henry (1800-80); 39.6x25.2x5.4 cm; Mitchell Library

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Page 171. The under jaw of a wild boar;antient brass snuffers, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)

Page 171. The under jaw of a wild boar;antient brass snuffers, 1810-17 (w / c & manuscript text)
5670069 Page 171. The under jaw of a wild boar; antient brass snuffers, 1810-17 (w/c & manuscript text) by Digby, Kenelm Henry (1800-80); 39.6x25.2x5.4 cm; Mitchell Library

Background imageMiscellany Collection: J C Hobhouse;author of 'The Miscellany'(engraving)

J C Hobhouse;author of "The Miscellany"(engraving)
610015 J C Hobhouse; author of " The Miscellany" (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Babylon turrid shell, Turris babylonia

Babylon turrid shell, Turris babylonia (Spotted pleurotoma, Pleurotoma babylonica). Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Rubble crab or horrid parthenope, Parthenope horrida

Rubble crab or horrid parthenope, Parthenope horrida. Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder from William Elford Leachs Zoological Miscellany, McMillan

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Vieillots barbet, Lybius vieilloti

Vieillots barbet, Lybius vieilloti (Vieillots pogonius, Pogonius vieilloti). Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder from William Elford Leachs Zoological

Background imageMiscellany Collection: Common wombat, Vombatus ursinus

Common wombat, Vombatus ursinus (Phascolomis vombatus, Wombat phascolomis). Handcoloured copperplate engraving drawn and engraved by Richard Polydore Nodder from William Elford Leachs Zoological



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"An Enchanting Miscellany of Nature's Wonders" Delve into the captivating world of miscellany, where extraordinary creatures and exquisite treasures await. From the depths of ancient times to the fragile present, this collection showcases a diverse array of species that have fascinated and inspired generations. First, we encounter the elusive great crested newt, Triturus cristatus Critically endangered yet resilient in its habitat. Its striking appearance is matched only by its importance in maintaining ecological balance. Next, behold the ethereal Luna moth, Actias luna. With delicate wings resembling a moonlit night sky, it dances through forests as if from a dream. A true marvel of nature's artistry. While some species have vanished forever like the dodo bird - Raphus cucullatus or Didus ineptus - their memory lives on as a reminder of our responsibility to protect those still thriving today. The pilgrim's scallop shell, Pecten jacobaeus serves as both symbol and sanctuary for weary travelers on spiritual journeys. Its intricate patterns tell tales of devotion and discovery etched throughout history. Intriguingly named Crested wood-partridge Rollulus rouloul teeters on the brink of vulnerability but continues to grace tropical rainforests with its vibrant plumage and enchanting calls – an emblematic ambassador for conservation efforts. Fluttering gracefully amidst sun-dappled meadows is Macleay's swallowtail butterfly Graphium macleayanus; each wing adorned with mesmerizing hues that seem almost too perfect for reality itself. Venturing further into exotic realms brings us face-to-face with Van de Polls birdwing butterfly Troides – an embodiment of elegance soaring above lush landscapes while reminding us how fragile beauty can be without proper preservation measures in place. From beneath azure waves emerges the elegant venus shell Hysteroconcha dione; its iridescent surface reflecting the secrets of the ocean's depths.