Wood engraving
Alexander Anderson (1775—1870).
A General History of Quadrupeds. The figures engraved on wood, chiefly copied from the original of T. Bewick. First American edition, with an appendix containing some American animals not hitherto described.
New York: G. & R. Waite, 1804
Duyckinck Collection, Print Collection, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library

 
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Alexander Anderson, considered the father of American wood engraving, followed literally in the steps of Thomas Bewick, inventor of the wood-engraving process, with this book and accompanying engraved woodblock. Bewick's A General History of Quadrupeds first appeared in 1790. Anderson's copy of the second edition of this work, published in 1791, is now owned by The New York Public Library. From it, Anderson copied each image and published his own edition, the first American, with some added images of American animals, such as the "Hamster of Georgia," the "Wild Sheep of California," and the "Mammoth of New York (Peale's)," in 1804.


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