3 June 2009
COOPER, Thomas Sidney (1803-1902). Groups of Cattle, Drawn from Nature. London: C. Hullmandel for Ackermann & Co., 1839.
Broadsheet 2° (547 x 369mm). 26 numbered tinted lithographs, including the title-page. (Some spotting, heavier in about 5 plates.) Publisher's green russia-backed cloth boards, gilt vignette on title on front cover, spine titled in gilt (hinges barely scuffed).
FIRST EDITION of Cooper's outstanding lithographic work. Critics both contemporary and modern agree that 'the plates are unsurpassed in their sheer brilliance of execution' (Westwood) and confirmed Cooper's artistic reputation throughout Europe. As his previous work, Groups of Cattle was pirated in cheaper editions. Abbey Life, 114 (appearing to call for 27 plates); Sartin Cooper, p.52; Westwood, Cooper, Master of Lithography, cat. 32.
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