Jacobs monkeys engravings from 1810. Sourced from a rare Italian monkey book. The copperplate engravings are on handmade rag paper. Click here to contact us.
Jacobs Monkeys Engravings from 1810.
Each of these rare copperplate engravings of monkeys, has foxing, but other than that, is in good condition. The paper is handmade and heavy wove. Impressions are strong with intense ink. All of them were published in Italy in 1810.
The field and specimen illustrations were collected, transferred onto a thin sheet of copper attached to a board, and engraved. Inked and printed. Copper is soft, only about 300 strikes could print from the engraving. Otherwise, the plate wore out and not be crisp.
These rare antique prints, Jacobs Monkeys. The workmanship and details of each piece is excellent. Furthermore, Jacobs monkeys engravings are remarkably lifelike for 1810. Each piece measure 12 x 17″
Human curiosity drove naturalists to publish books on new discoveries.
Man’s curiosity drove the supply and demand to publish books on new species of animal life being discovered. Naturalists would travel and document. Big money by Royals funded these naturalists and then engravers, and publishers. The wealthy not only subscribed to what we know today, as rare books, but it was a status symbol to have a broad education about natural history. Once a book was published, it could sit in a wonderful library, and shared with others. In this case it could be perfect for testing one’s Latin.
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