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A General History of Quadrupeds: The Figures Engraved on by Thomas Bewick

By Thomas Bewick

Within the overdue eighteenth century, the British took higher curiosity than ever sooner than in gazing and recording all points of the flora and fauna. tourists and colonists arriving from far-flung lands supplied brilliant bills of such unique creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound curiosity by means of assembling the main complete illustrated consultant to nature of his day.A common background of Quadrupeds, first released in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving ideas that allowed textual content and photographs to be released at the comparable web page. From anteaters to zebras, armadillos to wolverines, this pleasant quantity positive aspects engravings of over 400 animals along descriptions in their features as scientifically understood on the time. Quadrupeds reaffirms Bewick’s position in historical past as an incomparable illustrator, one whose effect on common heritage and publication printing nonetheless endures this day.   

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When about to be loaded, they drop down on their knees like the Camel, and rise when their burdens are properly fastened. HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. RUNTING OX. ) THE Sarluc, or Grunting-Cow of Tartary, from its resemblance to the Bison, may be considered as belonging to the same species: its horns are short, upright, slender, 'and very sharp; the hair on its body is black, except the mane and the ridge of the back, where it is white; 'its whole body is covered with very long hair, which hangs down below its knees, and makes its legs appear short: it has a hump on its back; its tail resembles that of a Horse, is white, and very bushy; it strikes with its head like a goat, and is very llnruly: its distinguishing peculiarity is, that it makes a grunting noise like a Hog, instead of lowing like the Ox, which in every other instance it greatly resembles.

Till of late years, Pack Horses were employed, in the northern counties of England, to carry the different manufactures and articles of traffic from one part of the kingdom to another; but the improved state of our roads has caused that mode of conveyance to be almost entirely laid aside. In their journies over trackless moors, they strictly adhered to the line of order and regularity custom HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. had taught them to observe: the leading Horse, which was alwa,ys chosen for his sagacity and steadiness, being furnished with bells, gave notice to the rest, which followed the sound, and generally without much deviation, though sometimes at a considerable distance.

However, notice the general principles which have THE height at the shoulder, was five feet ten inches; and it weighed, without the offal, one hundred and eighty-seven stones five poundsfourteen pounds to the stone. DRUPEDS. 31 been laid down, and steadily adhered to, in the ilnprovement of the several breeds of cattle; and which have been so successfully brought into practice. The first, and most obvious, is beauty of form, a princi,ple which has been in common applied to every species of domestic cattle, and, with great seeming propriety, was supposed to form the basis of every kind of improvement,under an idea, that beauty of form and utility were inseparable.

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