Jacobs Monkeys antique engravings from 1810… coming from a rare Italian monkey book. Simple in Black and White, Copper Plate Engravings on hand made rag paper.

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Jacobs Monkeys, Italian Black and White Copper Plate Engravings, Published in 1810.

Each of these rare antique copper plate engravings of monkeys has a little foxing, but other than that, are in good condition.  The paper is hand made but is heavy wove and the 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.  Seeing that copper is soft,  it could be  these lovely old engravings.  The workmanship and details of each piece is excellent and very life like for year of 1810.

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 as to 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.

Published by Anne Hall

I am the owner of Anne Hall Antique Prints. My husband and I sell authentic antique prints via our website and at assorted events in New England. I sell rare old engravings and lithographs produced from the 1580's through 1926. My love is nature, the natural world, and the historic documentation of it. I am the daughter of William Hall, owner of Prints Old and Rare, Pacifica, CA. Fortunately, I grew up in the summers on Mackinac Island and have visited historic towns, rare print shops and galleries of all sorts hunting for business.

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