Vulpine Opossum. OPOSSUM, John LATHAM, after.

Vulpine Opossum.

London: John Stockdale, 31 August, 1789.

Original engraving, 260 x 190 mm. Mounted.

After a drawing by Latham

Marvellous image of the "Vulpine Opossum" after an original drawing by Latham.

Marvellous image of the "Vulpine Opossum" after an original drawing by Latham.

This print is taken from Governor Phillip's Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay published by Stockdale in late 1789. Stockdale's publication was a great success going through several editions, but one of the remarkably little known aspects of the publication is the fact that a contemporary advertisement in the London Chronicle (22 October 1789) not only promoted the forthcoming publication, but also announced that 'Most of the non-descript quadrupeds, reptiles, birds, fish, &c from which the drawings are taken may be seen at the Publisher's.' This was designed to entice possible subscribers into visiting the store to see the amazing curiosities: Debrett, the publisher of John White's rival quarto, did the same with the specimens sent home by White.

Condition Report: Slight marginal wear, a very good impression.

Price (AUD): $550.00

US$398.75   Other currencies

Ref: #2908538

Condition Report