By Thomas Bewick
Within the overdue eighteenth century, the British took higher curiosity than ever earlier than in looking at and recording all points of the flora and fauna. tourists and colonists coming back from far-flung lands supplied wonderful bills of such unique creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound curiosity through assembling the main entire illustrated advisor to nature of his day.A basic heritage of Quadrupeds, first released in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving innovations that allowed textual content and pictures to be released at the comparable web page. From anteaters to zebras, armadillos to wolverines, this pleasant quantity positive factors 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 impression on typical historical past and ebook printing nonetheless endures this present day.
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Edge of one of these precipices, they stop without being checked by the rider; and if he in-'· advertently attempt to spur them on, they continue immoveable. They seem all this time runlinating on the danger that lies before them, and preparing themselves for the encounter. They not only atVOL. III. c 18 HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. tentively view the road, but tremble and snort at the danger. Having prepared for the descent, they place their fore feet in a posture as if they were stopping themselves; they then also put their hind feet together, but a little forward, as if they were going to lie down.
Their horns are long and small, very smooth; and their colour, in general, approaches to yellow: their hair is beautifully curled; and their whole form extremely handsome. The Oxen frequently grow to a considerable size, are very active, and consequently useful in the draught. They are well suited to a cold climate, and grow fat on indifferent pastures. In Scotland there are two kinds, which differ greatly from each other, as well as from all those in the southern part of this island. Those of the county of Galloway are without horns, and generally of a reddish-brown colour, mixed with black.
DIFFERS from the rest of the Ox kind, in having a large lump between its shoulders, almost as high as that of a Camel. He has a long shaggy mane, which forms a kind of beard under his chin; his eyes are fierce, his forehead large, and his horns extremely wide. It is dangerous to pursue him, except in forests abounding with trees large enough to conceal the hunters. He is generally taken in pits covered with branches of trees and grass, on the opposite side of which the hunters tempt the animal to pursue them; and the enraged creature running towards them, falls into the trap prepared for it, and is then overpowered and slain.