By Thomas Bewick
Within the past due eighteenth century, the British took better curiosity than ever earlier than in staring at and recording all points of the wildlife. tourists and colonists coming back from far-flung lands supplied superb money owed 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 consultant to nature of his day.A basic historical past of Quadrupeds, first released in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving suggestions that allowed textual content and pictures to be released at the similar 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 effect on ordinary background and publication printing nonetheless endures this day.
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The Bison, or the animal with the hump, is found in all the southern parts of the world, though greatly differing from each other in size and form. 44 HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. THE ZEBU. THEY are all equally docile and gentle, when tamed; and are in general covered with fine glossy hair, softer and more beautiful than that of the common Cow. Their humps are of different sizes, in some weighing from forty to fifty pounds, but in others less. That part is in general considered as a great delicacy; and, when dressed, has much the appearance and taste of udder.
From the same line, weakens the stock. This idea, howev"er rooted it may have been in the minds of former practitioners, is now entirely set aside by the modern practice of breeding, not from the same line only, but from the same family: the sire and the daughter, the son and the mother, the brother and sister, are now permitted to improve their own kind. This practice is well known under the term of breeding z"n-and-zn,. and, in this \vay, the improvement of the several breeds have advanced rapidly to a height unknown before in any age or nation.
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. Large droves of these are yearly brought into the southern parts of the kingdom, where they soon greatly improve. HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. THE KYLOE OX. THE Highland Cattle, and those bred in the Western Islands, are very small, and partake much of the wildness of the country of which they are natives.