Opussum; Il Gazzettiere Americano Contenente del Nuovo Mondo

Opussum; Il Gazzettiere Americano Contenente del Nuovo Mondo

Liverno: Marco Coltellini, 1763. First Edition. single sheet matted in rag board. A Fine original copperplate engraving. Folio (9.75 x 12.5 inches), matted in rag board.

A charmingly stylized scene of a female opposum followed by two babies; all set in a detailed tropical landscape. Titled ribbonry float above the composition. Engraved by G.M. Terreni.

From the enlarged Italian edition of Il Gazzettiere Americano; an encyclopedia of the Americas; with an eye towards appealing to contemporary commerce and trade which included 57 engraved plates of America's native mammals and birds, as well as scenes of building and manufacture, commerce (of indigo, tobacco, sugar), birds eye views of towns and city plans of the Americas and Colonies. These engravings were not present in the smaller format edition published by J. Millar; London 1762. (Howes A 207, Sabin 1090, 26814). Fine. Item #7326

Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books
Fine & Rare Natural History c.1600-1900
PO Box 1294 Langley, WA 98260 US
Whidbey Island

Price: $325.00