Paper maker and arachnophile?

An interesting way to decorate paper or preserve a spider?

I’m not sure my son’s hand-sized spider friend Roger would look quite so good squashed into paper, but it might be fascinating to compare with the 17th century specimen (above) held by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Sadly, I note that the descriptive record of his tomb has not yet mentioned the presence of Ze C.S. Pholcidae.

 

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