By Thomas Bewick
Within the past due eighteenth century, the British took higher curiosity than ever ahead of in gazing and recording all facets of the flora and fauna. tourists and colonists arriving from far-flung lands supplied excellent bills of such unique creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound curiosity by way of assembling the main finished 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 related 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 impact on normal heritage and publication printing nonetheless endures this day.
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Marshall, in his excellent treatise on the "Economy of the Midland Counties," observes, that from this kind the present improved breed of cattle in Leicestershire is traceable, by the most indisputable evidence. From Bulls brought out of Westmorland and Lancashire, and Cows from the banks of the Trent, the celebrated Canley breed, the property of Mr. Webster, derived its origin; and about fifty years ago it was esteemed the most YOLo III. E 34 :HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. valuable at that time in the kingdom.
He is three or fout years in coming to perfection; and lives to the age of twenty, or sometimes twenty-five years. He sleeps much less than the Horse, and seldom lies down for that purpose but when he is much fatigued. The She-Ass goes eleven months with young, and seldom produces more than one at a time. The services of this useful creature are too often repaid by hard fare and cruel usage; and being generally the property of the poor, it partakes of their wants and their distresses: whereas, by due cultivation and care in its education, the Ass might be usefully and profitably employed in a variety of domestic purposes, and in many cases supply the place of the Horse, to which only it is second, though generally degraded into the most useless and neglected of domestic 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.