Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles: Drawn From Life was made under the superintendence of Mr. Thomas Bell, to illustrate his Monograph of the Testudinata, a work in which the author intended to represent and describe not only all known recent, but also fossil species. The publication of this extensive work was unfortunately interrupted (by the failure of the publisher) when only two-thirds of the plates that had been prepared were published.
The work contained 40 magnificent plates in folio size. These plates were reissued in 1872, together with 21 additional previously unpublished platess, under the authorship of James Sowerby and Edward Lear, the original artist and lithographer. This reissue was reprinted in 1970. For clarity, this reprint is made from an uncolored edition which differs from the colored edition only in the absence of tinting.
Edward Lear and James Sowerby (introduction by Ernest E. Williams). 2000 (1872 original). Hardcover. 87 pages. ISBN - 9781245420709. Limited to 500 copies. Facsimile.