De L’histoire naturelle des Cetaces

Catalog No.:  QL737.C4.C946 1836

Artist/Maker:  Frédéric Cuvier

Date Made:   1836

Object Name: De L’histoire naturelle des Cetaces

Description:    Famously referred to in Moby-Dick as resembling a “squash,” Cuvier’s sperm whale was replicated many times until Thomas Beale published The Natural History of the Sperm Whale (London, 1839), wherein he replicated William John Huggin’s 1834 sperm whale based upon personal observations of sperm whalemen in the South Pacific.

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