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

By Thomas Bewick

Within the overdue eighteenth century, the British took larger curiosity than ever ahead of in gazing and recording all points of the flora and fauna. tourists and colonists arriving from far-flung lands supplied remarkable bills of such unique creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound curiosity via assembling the main complete illustrated advisor to nature of his day.A common background of Quadrupeds, first released in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving strategies that allowed textual content and pictures to be released at the comparable web page. From anteaters to zebras, armadillos to wolverines, this pleasant quantity gains 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 impact on normal historical past and e-book printing nonetheless endures this present day.   

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The quantity of milk given by Cows is very various: some will yield only about six quarts in one day; while others give from ten to fifteen, and sometimes even twenty. The richness of the pasture contributes not a little to its increase. There have been instances of Cows giving upwards of thirty quarts of milk in one day. In such cases there is a necessity for milking them thrice. From the milk of some Cows, twelve or fourteen pounds of butter are made in a week. It has been advanced by some naturalists, as a general principle, that neither animals nor parts of animals, appear to be primarily intended for the use of man, but are only capable of a secondary application to his purposes: yet it must be allowed that, in many instances, what they term the secondary use, is so manifest and important, that it cannot, with propriety, be supposed to be excluded from the original design of the all-wise Creator: and it HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS.

HAS been introduced with great success, and IS now the prevailing stock in all the counties on the eastern coast of this kingdom. In good pastures, cattle of this kind grow to a great size;* and the cows yield a greater abundance of milk than those of almost any other kind. * An Ox, fed by Mr. Edward HaU, of Whitley, in Northumberland, and killed in March, 1789, when seven years old, measured, from the head to the rump, nine feet eight inches and a half; the HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. 30 THE IMPROVED HOLSTEIN, OR DUTCH BREED.

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.

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