“ As Cynologist
Beckmann was a First-Class Authority ”
Beckmann, Ludwig. (History and Description of the Races of the Dog. With the co-operation of the most notable breeders and judges, and in accord with the officially recognized race marks of the authoritative societies at home and abroad, published and illustrated by …, hunt and animal painter in Dusseldorf.) In German. 2 vols. Incl. two frontispieces with
86 (83 mounted) plates in wood engraving
and lithography (3, 2 of which in color)
as well as numerous wood engravings within the text .
Brunswick, Vieweg and Son, 1894/95. In-4. XV, 386 pp., 1 l. errata; XIII, 351 pp. Brown orig. h. calf-binding with broad leather corners, textured board covers, and blind-patterned white silk fly-leaf. Marbled color edges. – Nissen 278.
THE EXPENSIVELY PRODUCED MONUMENTAL STANDARD WORK
in decidedly fine copy with just slight brightening of the decorative gilt tooled back with its two back-plates each. – With engraved “He” and “She” exlibris resp. of the same collection.
The wood engravings – printed on thin paper the plates are mounted on light carton with typographic imprint – from the xylographic studios of Brend’amour, Dusseldorf, + Vieweg themselves, the paper by Vieweg Bros., Wendhausen. The three lithographed plates by the Berlin court lithographer W. Greve.
While the wood engravings within the text already show a plenty of dogs besides anatomical depictions
so the plates
84 pedigree dogs apart or as couple or group resp.
as well as one skeleton + development of the teeth each. The plate wood engravings throughout, those within the text frequently with Beckmann’s signature or monogram in the block, now and then also that of the engraver, especially the plates partly additionally with Brend’amour’s address.
His passion for the hunt resulted in the study of game life ,
game painting, and once more by way of literature animal illustration
in which he achieved outstandingly
… He became best known by his drawings for wood engraving, however … for which he partially also wrote the text himself …
As cynologist Beckmann was
a first-class authority ”
(Thieme-Becker III, 156).
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