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Goldsmith's Animated Nature -1795- ANIMAL - "THE MOOSE"

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Goldsmith's Animated Nature -1795- ANIMAL - "THE MOOSE"

$ 14.99



This 216 year old print is from "THE HISTORY OF THE EARTH, AND ANIMATED NATURE" by Oliver Goldsmith from 1795.  It was engraved by Mathew Care of Philadelphia and apparently was the first U.S. printing of this book.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

These copper-plate engravings are cut from the first American edition of Oliver Goldsmith's.  An History of the Earth and Animated Nature.  The first edition (in eight volumes) appeared in London in 1774. The work sought to draw together virtually all that was known about the planet earth, its plants and animals, and even its human inhabitants described from a biological perspective. 

Goldsmith had intended to translate Pliny's Natural History, but after reading Buffon, he decided that "the best imitation of the ancients was to write from our own feelings and to imitate nature."  Goldsmith's Animated Nature went through over twenty editions into the Victorian era (we have several up sfor sale on our store) and served as a popular source of information about the natural world.

This copper engraving print (the size of the picture) is about 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" on a page that is about 8 1/4" x 5" It is in  good condtion based on its age with light foxing and yellowing. It has high detail. It is suitable for framing and would be an excellant gift. This is a Rare Print. . 

The print that is being sold is of  "THE FEMALE MOOSE, OR ELK". 

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