By Thomas Bewick
Within the past due eighteenth century, the British took larger curiosity than ever sooner than in staring at and recording all features of the flora and fauna. tourists and colonists getting back from far-flung lands supplied striking bills of such unique creatures as elephants, baboons, and kangaroos. The engraver Thomas Bewick (1753–1828) harnessed this newfound curiosity via assembling the main accomplished illustrated consultant to nature of his day.A common historical past of Quadrupeds, first released in 1790, showcases Bewick’s groundbreaking engraving ideas that allowed textual content and pictures to be released at the comparable web page. From anteaters to zebras, armadillos to wolverines, this pleasant quantity beneficial properties engravings of over 400 animals along descriptions in their features as scientifically understood on the time. Quadrupeds reaffirms Bewick’s position in historical past as an incomparable illustrator, one whose effect on average historical past and ebook printing nonetheless endures at the present time.
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Mules have not unfrequently been known to bring forth young, especially in hot countries; and instances have not been wanting, though they are rare, both in England and Scotland. But it would require a succession of experiments to prove that Mules will breed with each other, and produce an offspring equally capable of continuing the race. The common Mule is very healthy, and will live above thirty years. DRUPEDS. 17 carrying burdens, particularly in mountainous and stony places, where horses are not so sure-footed.
They herd together, in droves of from one to two hundred, on the banks of the Mississippi, where the inhabitants hunt them: their flesh is esteemed good eating. They all breed with the tame Cow. The hump, which is only an accidental characteristic, gradually declines; and in a few generations, no vestiges of it remain. Thus we see, whether it be the wild HISTORY OF QUADRUPEDS. 45 or the tame Ox, the Bonasus or the U rus, the Bison or the Zebu, by whatever name they are distinguished, or however variously classed by naturalists, in reality they are the same; and, though diversified in their appearance and properties, are descendants of one common stock; of which the most unequivocal proof is, that they all mix and breed with each other.
The She-Ass goes eleven months with young, and seldom produces more than one at a time. The services of this useful creature are too often repaid by hard fare and cruel usage; and being generally the property of the poor, it partakes of their wants and their distresses: whereas, by due cultivation and care in its education, the Ass might be usefully and profitably employed in a variety of domestic purposes, and in many cases supply the place of the Horse, to which only it is second, though generally degraded into the most useless and neglected of domestic quadrupeds.