Plates Illustrative of Natural History, with a Short Description Annexed to Each Plate. Published under the Direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education...

By: WHYMPER, Josiah Wood.

Price: £1,200.00

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A collection of 99 plates, well bound in a modern half calf binding. Landscape (oblong) format 13.5" x 11.0" x 1.5" [34.2cm x 28.5cm x 4.2cm]. Red calf spine and corners over light green cloth covered boards. Spine with 5 raised bands and recent black leather title label: "Animals A - Z". Coloured, engraved plates by Josiah Wood Whymper. All linen backed, all numbered. Plate 1: "The Long Eared Bat" rather soiled. Plate 98; "The Common Carp" is creased and soiled, with small edge loss. Plate 99; "The Common Trout" is very creased and worn, with some loss. All other plates with bright colours, light edge wear, and just intermittent brown staining along the top edge. A scarce collection in a very good binding. ** An English series of fauna images apparently aimed at an adolescent, middle class, Christian audience. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge was founded in 1698 as an arm of the Church of England. The Society produced not only theological books but also works on popular science, travel, biography, and fiction. These prints were available in at least four parts bound (each set had thirty plates) and were also sold individually, as each bears its price in pence, for “coloured” or “plain” prints. The animals are portrayed unthreateningly, even anthropomorphically. Below each image is text about the animal, presented with a mildly religious bent. ** "Josiah Wood Whymper RI (Ipswich; 24 April 1813 – 7 April 1903 Haslemere) was a British wood-engraver, book illustrator and watercolourist. Born the son of a brewer, Whymper was apprenticed to a stonemason. He soon turned to drawing and painting, settled in London in 1829 and studied under William Collingwood Smith (1815–1887). After having an etching of London Bridge published, he became well known as an illustrator and worked for Black, John Murray, Cassell and other publishers. His wood-engraving enterprise became one of London's most successful. He also painted watercolours, specialising in riverscapes, and gave drawing classes to pupils such as Charles Keene (1823–1891), John William North (1842–1924), George John Pinwell (1842–1875) and Frederick Walker (1840–1875). He also produced fine engravings of animals, fish, landscapes and wonders of the world for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, sold for 3/4d penny plain, 2d pence coloured. In 1846 Whymper made thirty engravings about dramatic natural phenomena such as the aurora borealis, whirlpools and icebergs..." - See Wikipedia .

Title: Plates Illustrative of Natural History, with a Short Description Annexed to Each Plate. Published under the Direction of the Committee of General Literature and Education...

Author Name: WHYMPER, Josiah Wood.

Categories: 19TH CENTURY,

Publisher: [ London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1845-47 ] . 0:

ISBN Number: 0

Seller ID: 45151

Keywords: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge CHILDRENS::19TH CENTURY,