|Method||Copper engraving with hand colouring|
|Artist||Jakob Hermann Tyroff after H.D. Kretsch|
|Published||[Published by Wolfgang Walther, Erlangen, Germany, c.1775]|
|Dimensions||Image and Plate 230 x 177 mm, Sheet 276 x 214 mm|
Plate from 'Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen', also known as 'Animal Illustrations after Nature', or 'Schreber's "Fantastic Animals"' by Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber.
Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber (1739-1810) was a German physician and naturalist. He studied botany with the famous Swedish taxonomist, Carl Linnaeus. From then on, his interest in medicine and botany ran parallel courses, with both an appointment as professor of medicine at University of Erlangen and an appointment as the director of the Erlanger Botanical Gardens & Natural History Museum. Schreber was knighted in 1791.
In 1774, he began what was to be his masterpiece, a work on the mammals of the world, using the taxonomic system of Linnaeus 'Die Saugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen' 'Animal Illustrations after Nature', or 'Schreber's Fantastic Animals' published by Wolfgang Walther, Erlangen between 1775 and 1792. It was illustrated, containing 755 coloured prints of mammals of the world. For the most the artists, who included such luminaries of the day as George Edwards & De Seve, worked from descriptions of the animals by others who had seen them, rather than actual specimens. The resulting images were sometimes more than a little inaccurate, hence the title of Schreber's "Fantastic Beasts", this charming naiveté making these rare prints highly prized by collectors.
Jakob Hermann Tyroff (1742-c.1800) was a German artist and engraver active in Nuremberg, Germany.
Condition: Good impression with wide margins.