University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Page View

Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / Gleanings of natural history, exhibiting figures of quadrupeds, birds, insects, etc
Part II (1760)

[Chap. LXXX. Pla. 290. The crested or coped black vulture, and the black and white Indian snake; Le vautour noir couronné, ou chaperonné, et le serpent noir et blanc des Indes],   pp. [Plate] 290-172 ff.


Page 172

( 172 )
The Black arid White Inmian SNAKE
is about fulty inches lon1g: it is of a dulky-
white or crcamn-colour, and hath thirty-lix
bUackith rings about it, befides the black
marks on thre head.   Its diameter, in the
thickeft part, is an inch and half.  It is re-
markably ridige i on the back: the tail is
blunt and roundifl at its tip, which is four
inches diflant fromn the vent.  It hath finall
fcales on the upper fide : thofe on the belly
are half-circles.
The VultuWe was lihewn in London
(anno  17S7) ainongft other Birds and
Beafls of Prey.  I could get no account of
what coun1t-y it was, except from its keeper,
who faid it was brOugLhlt from the Deferts
of Arabia: but there is no depending on
their words.  It feerns to me to be a bird
undeferibed till now: I think I faw one of
this fpecics two or three years fince at the
Duke of Cumberland's in Windfor-park.
In Geflier's Nomenclator, firft Order of
Birds, p. 4, is figured amongft the Eagles
a Bird having a tuft on the hinder part of
its head ; though it is in other refpeaIs
different from mine.
The Snake was brought from    the Eaft
Indics; but from what particular part I
cannot tell.  It is the property of Mr.
Sclater, Druggkf, in Newgate-ftreet, Lon-
don, who obliged me with the ufe it, and
other Indian Snakes, preferved in fpirits of
wine.   I find in Seba's Nat. l:ift. three
different figures of Snakes nearly of this
kind: fee vol. I. tab. LIII. fg. 4. and
vol. II. tab. 1X. fig. 3. tab. LVIII. fig. 2.
Le S E R P    NT Indien AToir et Blanc efl
d 'environ quaronte pouces de long: il efi d un
blanc Jale ou couleur de creme, et il a autour
diu co0ps trente Jix anneaux noirdtres, outre
les marques noires de defs la tete. ti a un
pouce et demi de diamettre dans I'endroit le
plus epais du corps.    Il fl confde'rablement
elev6 fur le dos.  La queui    c/1 dnol f7'e et
ronde vers le bout, qui efl d quatre pouces loibz
de l'anus. II a de petits ecailles Jf r le dos
celles du ventre font en demicercle.
On wnontroit le Jautour a Londres en 1t7 757,
parmi d'autres Ofr'aux et Betes de     ' -'ye. Je
ne pUs apprendre de quel pa)s il ettiuu  exc i.teJ
de fon maitre, qui ine dit     qu'il venoit dies
Deferts d'Arabie:     mais on ne pezit gue're
copz'ter fur la parole de cette forte de gens.
Ii me Jemble qite cet oif'au n'avcit point en-
core e't de'rit juqyues a prjcent : je crois en
avoir vuè un de cue ejf cc ily a deux ou trois
ans cbez Alonleigneur le Duc de Cumberland,
dans la Parc de W~indfor. JI y a dans Gef
ner, parmii l's Aigles, la fgure d'un Oif au
qui a une hupe derriere la tite; mazs q Ufi a
d'autres egards efI difffrent du mien -.
Le Serpent a etW apporte' des Indes Orien-
tales; mais je ne ffaurois dire precifement de
qiel endroit. Il aqpartient a' M. Sclater,
Droguille, dans la rué' de Newgate, a Londres,
qui m'en a obligemment permis 1'uJage, aiffl
hien que d'autres Serpents conferve's dans de
I'efprizt de vin t.
* Voi. fon Nomenclator, premiere claTe d'OifeauY,
P. 4.
t Voi. Seba Hiuf. Nat. ou fe trouvent trois Serpents,
qui approchent de celui-ci, tom. I pl. LII1. fig. 4,
tom. I1. pl. IX. fig. 3. et pl. LVIII. fig. 2,


Go up to Top of Page