PL 89 Ring Tailed Bassaris
FROM The Quadrupeds of North America
CONDITION Hand colored lithographs
Imperial Folio sheet: 22 x 28 inches.
DATE New York 1845-48
It is estimated that only 303 sets of the Imperial Folio Quadrupeds were ever completed. The entire work included 150 hand colored lithographs and remains the outstanding work on American mammals done in the 19th century. Lithography was the perfect medium to show the rich textures in the animals coats. The work was a prodigious scientific effort to catalog all he North American mammals, something that hand not been done before.