A Cabinet of Quadrupeds; Consisting of Highly-finished Engravings by James Tookey; from Drawings, by Julius Ibbetson; with Historical and Scientific Descriptions. John CHURCH.
A Cabinet of Quadrupeds; Consisting of Highly-finished Engravings by James Tookey; from Drawings, by Julius Ibbetson; with Historical and Scientific Descriptions.
A Cabinet of Quadrupeds; Consisting of Highly-finished Engravings by James Tookey; from Drawings, by Julius Ibbetson; with Historical and Scientific Descriptions.
A Cabinet of Quadrupeds; Consisting of Highly-finished Engravings by James Tookey; from Drawings, by Julius Ibbetson; with Historical and Scientific Descriptions.
A Cabinet of Quadrupeds; Consisting of Highly-finished Engravings by James Tookey; from Drawings, by Julius Ibbetson; with Historical and Scientific Descriptions.

A Cabinet of Quadrupeds [Large Paper Copy] …
A Cabinet of Quadrupeds; Consisting of Highly-finished Engravings by James Tookey; from Drawings, by Julius Ibbetson; with Historical and Scientific Descriptions.

London: Darton and Harvey, 1794-1805.

Two volumes, folio, 402 x 266 mm, with 84 engraved images, engraved and printed title-pages; contemporary green straight-grained morocco, ornately decorated in gilt and blind with complex borders and panels to sides and spines, stylish dark grey endpapers, all edges gilt.

Superb Large Paper example in fine contemporary binding

A Large Paper copy, and much grander than the ordinary issue (about 400 mm as against 300-325 mm in height) with generous margins, this is a most imposing work in its two grand volumes. Originally issued in parts from 1794/5 this well-illustrated zoology has 84 copper-engraved images by James Tookey after designs by Julius Ibbetson. They vividly depict animals in their natural habitat, ranging from mice, guinea-pigs and squirrels to bears tigers and elephants, with delightful monkeys and various exotic species. At the time publication started in 1794 the Australian discoveries were still relatively recent. The description and image of the Flying Opossum are credited to White's Journal and to Shaw's Naturalist's Miscellany and Church notes that 'this animal has not long been added to the catalogue of quadrupeds'. The fine image of the "Kanguru" depicts the mob then successfully 'living in the Royal Garden at Kew, where they breed, and appear quite naturalised…'. There is a quite extensive 4-page description of the animal, with the remark that 'it is to the indefatigable ardour and enterprising spirit of Sir Joseph Banks that we are indebted for our first acquaintance with this most singular quadruped'.

A Large Paper copy, and much grander than the ordinary issue (about 400 mm as against 300-325 mm in height) with generous margins, this is a most imposing work in its two grand volumes. Originally issued in parts from 1794/5 this well-illustrated zoology has 84 copper-engraved images by James Tookey after designs by Julius Ibbetson. They vividly depict animals in their natural habitat, ranging from mice, guinea-pigs and squirrels to bears tigers and elephants, with delightful monkeys and various exotic species. At the time publication started in 1794 the Australian discoveries were still relatively recent. The description and image of the Flying Opossum are credited to White's Journal and to Shaw's Naturalist's Miscellany and Church notes that 'this animal has not long been added to the catalogue of quadrupeds'. The fine image of the "Kanguru" depicts the mob then successfully 'living in the Royal Garden at Kew, where they breed, and appear quite naturalised…'. There is a quite extensive 4-page description of the animal, with the remark that 'it is to the indefatigable ardour and enterprising spirit of Sir Joseph Banks that we are indebted for our first acquaintance with this most singular quadruped'.
The accomplished wildlife and landscape painter Julius Caesar Ibbetson (Yorkshire, 1759-1812) enjoyed an early success as an artist, from the age of 17, and exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy in 1785. He continued to exhibit until his death and was considered one of the best painters of his time, noted for his rural scenes and depictions of animals. Benjamin West compared him to the Dutch painter of the Golden Age when he referred to him as "the Berghem of England". The engraver James Tookey (active 1800-1830) specialized in landscapes and animals, as well as portraits including his 1784 portrait of Captain Cook).

Provenance: Unidentified crest on all four sides of the bindings "C.G.", with nine-point coronet of a viscount.

Freeman 702; Nissen, 886; Wood, p.290.

Price (AUD): $5,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504492

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