Genuine antique copper-plate engraving by Wilson Lowry (1762-1824) for "Cyclopedia of Arts and Sciences. On An Entire New and Improved Plan..."Published "according to Act of Parliament Alexander Hogg, at the Kings Arms No16 Paternoster Row" circa 1788
Condition: Excellent printed on hand-made "laid paper" with plate-mark been cut away by contemporary hand bottom right 230 x 375mm
"For most 16th-century Europeans did not recognize that fossils were the remains of living organisms. The etymology of the word fossil comes from the Latin for things having been dug up. As this indicates, the term was applied to wide variety of stone and stone-like objects without regard to whether they might have an organic origin." That seems to be the focus of this Plate 55 published in 1788.