A Cabinet of Quadrupeds. Description. Consistingof Highly-Finished Engravings, by James Tookey; from drawings by JuliusIbbetson; with Historical and Scientific Descriptions, by John Church.
London. Printed for Darton and Harvey and W. Belch, Cardiff. -1805. Hardcover. folio. 31.5cm, first edition, in 2 volumes, with 84engraved plates, 2 engraved vignette title-pages, some foxing, attractivecontemporary binding, straight grain crimson morocco, doubled blind ruledraised bands, elaborated gilt or blind decorations in the panels, gilttitles, wide gilt and blind ruled borders on the boards, marbledendpapers, all edge gilt, an attractive set. (cgc) Freeman 702; Nissen886; Wood, p.290. Originally printed in parts, "A Cabinet of Quadrupeds"was highly valued as a zoological treatise both for historical andscientific content. Beautifully illustrated by Julius Caesar Ibbetson(1759-1817), a Yorkshire painter noted for his rural scenes anddepictions of animals, particularly cattle and pigs. Benjamin West calledIbbetson the Berghem of England". The paintings are graphically engravedby James Tookey, best remembered for his engravings of English notablesespecially Captain James Cook (1784). The first edition of an importantearly natural history book that was reprinted again in 1848-49. Anattractive set in particularly fine bindings. Item #34691