Nicolas Henri Jacob (1782-1871).
Storia naturale delle Scimie. Milan: F. Artaria, G. Bettalli, F. Ubicini and [P.] Hugues, 1812-. 2 parts in one volume, 2° (427 x 302mm). Engraved dedication, engraved title in Italian, letterpress titles in French and German within Greek key pattern border, 88 stipple-engraved plates by L. Rados after Jacob, with integral Italian text engraved under the subject, the whole within engraved border, parallel letterpress text in French and German within typographic border. (Dedication leaf with several horizontal tears at inner margin, engraved title slightly soiled, occasional thumb-soiling elsewhere, lower margin of dedication, titles and some early leaves waterstained at lower margin.) Contemporary Italian calf-backed red marbled boards (some restoration to joints, a few chips to joints, corners worn, front inner hinges split).
FIRST EDITION of this early Italian monograph on apes and monkeys. As the engraved title acknowledges, it was based on the work of Buffon, Cuvier, Geoffroy, Daubenton, Lacepede, Latreille and Audebert, but follows its own attractive method of presentation. Jacob was a French painter who studied under David, and was from 1805 the court painter to Prince Eugene Beauharnais of Milan, the work's dedicatee. Nissen ZBI 2080; Wood p. 402.