C1824
 (1842)

Lipurus Cinereus nobis

Exceptionally rare elephant folio sized lithograph by Goldfuss, the largest colonial print of a Koala. In the early depictions of Australian exotic zoology, it was the unique mammals such as the kangaroo and platypus that captured the artists and collectors … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Lipurus Cinereus nobis

Date:

C1824
 (1842)

Condition:

Repaired tear left hand side just showing from mount edge.

Technique:

Lithograph with original handcolouring.

Image Size: 

440mm 
x 320mm
AUTHENTICITY
Lipurus Cinereus nobis - Antique Print from 1824

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

Exceptionally rare elephant folio sized lithograph by Goldfuss, the largest colonial print of a Koala.

In the early depictions of Australian exotic zoology, it was the unique mammals such as the kangaroo and platypus that captured the artists and collectors imagination, and as a consequence were more often illustrated. It is not surprising then, that the Koala was one of the least depicted of the local fauna and it wasn’t until 1798, some nine years after settlement, that it was first recorded and then formally described in 1811.

1788 First sighting (26th January). John Price, Bargo, NSW ‘There is another animal which the natives call a ‘cullawine’, which much resembles the sloths in America.

1802 First specimen (parts only) Barrallier, location unknown NSW ‘The Aboriginals brought portions of a monkey (in the native language Colo), but they had cut it into pieces… I sent these two feet to the Government preserved in a bottle of brandy.

1803 First published account (21st August) Sydney Gazette, Port Jackson, NSW An Animal whose species was never before found in the Colony, is in His excellency’s possession.

1808 First scientific report (23rd June ) Everard Home, S.W. Of Port Jackson It is commonly about two feet long and one high, in the girth about one foot and half it is covered with the soft fur, lead coloured on the back, and white on the belly.

Common names               Koala, Koala Bear, Native Bear.

Modern binomial name   Phascolarctos cinereus

First described                 Goldfuss 1817

From Naturalist Atlas by Georg August Goldfuss. The work was released in parts comprising 20 per year, from 1824-1842 in Dusseldorf. and was never released as an officially bound copy. Exceptionally Rare

Georg August Goldfuss (1782 - 1848)

Georg August Goldfuss (1782-1848) Goldfuss was born at Thurnau near Bayreuth and educated at Erlangen where he graduated in 1804 and became professor of zoology in 1818. He was subsequently appointed professor of zoology and mineralogy at the University of Bonn. Aided by Count Georg zu Münster, he issued the important Petrefacta Germaniae (1826–44), a work which was intended to illustrate the invertebrate fossils of Germany, but it was left incomplete after the sponges, corals, crinoids, echinoderms and part of the mollusca had been figured. His greatest work was Naturhistorischer Atlas.

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