‘Vierf Thiere XXXV Animale Quadrup XXXV Quadruped XXXV’
Copper engraving, handcoloured on hand laid, verg? paper.
Sheet size: 20 x 26,5 cm. (7,9 x 10,4 inch). Image size: 17,5 x 22,5 cm. (6,9 x 8,9 inch).
This print was published in Friedrich Justin Bertuch’s (1747-1822) Picture book for children (Bilderbuch f?r Kinder) (vol. 1, plate 8), which was published in Weimar between 1790 and 1830 in 12 volumes. The work contains 1185 colored plates, with a total of about 6000 individual engravings, which were mainly made by teachers, students and graduates of the Princely Free Drawing School in Weimar.
Made by ‘Jacob Xaver Schmuzer’ after ‘various sources’. Jacob Xaver Schmuzer (1713-1775) was a German copper engraver particularly noted for his illustrating “Unterhaltungen aus der Naturgeschichte” (‘Discourse on Natural History’), the monumental multi-volume work of the Bavarian clergyman and naturalist from Augsburg, Gottlieb Tobias Wilhelm (1758-1822).
Condition: good, given age. Stains in the corners where the pages has been turned over, brownish edges, small piece of paper missing in upper right corner, holes from binding in right margin, tear restored in upper margin, thin paper restored in upper margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANIMAL – ALP MARMOT – BOBAC – EMPETRA – GROUND SQUIRREL – EUROPEAN MOLE – GOLD MOLE – MARMOTS