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The serpent entwines itself around the body of Eve; it whispers in her ear, enticing her to eat the forbidden fruit. Photogravure by Lemercier and co. after Walter Crane, 1899.

Crane, Walter, 1845-1915.
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Bible. O.T. Genesis 3.1-6


[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1899 (Paris : Lemercier and co., 1899)

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1 print : photogravure, with decorative guard tissue ; platemark 41.7 x 30.9 cm


Genesis 3.4 . Serpens decipit Evam. Dixit serpens ad mulieram: nequaquam morte moriemini. Walter Crane. Walter Crane fecit. Copyright by Lucien Layus 1899. Engraved and printed in Paris by Lemercier and co.


Wellcome Library no. 15597i

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The selection of quotations emphasizes deception ("the serpent deceives Eve") and death ("the serpent said: you shall not die [if you eat from the tree of knowledge])"



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