Saturday, May 13, 2017

Websters' Animals

I was poking around a small-town library recently, and there it was:

An unabridged dictionary, Webster's Second Edition. Well-used.

I had no particular thought when I started paging through it, but soon I was searching for one animal engraving after another:

That's some serious side-eye from an East Indian animal I've never heard of before.

Isn't it great how they give the scale of the drawings relative to the living animals?

But in this case, does that mean the chinchilla was actual size?

Another animal I've never heard of.

Wow. The dictionary can be a work of art, and don't forget it.

1 comment:

Michael Leddy said...

I like dictionary art, the dowdier the better. Thanks for sharing these.