JARDINE/LIZARS: "THE KRAKEN" SEA MONSTER print 1839
This beautiful original 1839 steel engraving of a Kraken - gigantic cuttlefish - by Lizars (from Pierre Denys de Montfort, a French explorer) with very fine recent professional hand colouring, appears in Sir William Jardine's "Naturalist's Library," a monumental work consisting of forty volumes printed in Edinburgh and London between 1833 and 1843.
According to Pontoppidan's "Natural History of Norway," the Kraken is the largest sea monster in the world:
"Our fishermen usually affirm that when they row out several miles to sea, particularly in hot summer days, they are informed, by various circumstances, that the Kraken is at the bottom of the ocean. Sometimes twenty boats get together over him; and when, from well-known indications, they perceive it rising, they get away as fast as they can." Dr. Shaw
"The existence of some enormously large species of the Cuttlefish tribe can hardly be doubted... The Colossal fish seized three men in its arms, and drew them under water, in spite of every effort to preserve them: the thickness of one of the arms, which was cut off in the contest was that of a mizzen-mast, and the suckers of the size of pot-lids."
(Ref; Pontoppidan's Natural History of Norway Vol 2, P.211. Shaw's Lectures Vol 2. p.137)
"Today, these exquisite engravings are seen as some of the very finest Natural History miniatures ever produced"
(Ref: Sir William Jardine, A Life in Natural History by Jackson & Davis, 2001; Dean, Bibli. of Fishes, Vol.1, 1972, p. 630)