C1824
 (1842)

Phascolomys Wombat

Very rare elephant folio lithograph of the Wombat from Naturalist Atlas by Georg August Goldfuss. The work was released in parts comprising 20 per year, from 1824-1842 in Dusseldorf. The work was never released as an officially bound copy. First reported … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Phascolomys Wombat

Date:

C1824
 (1842)

Condition:

Repaired tear left hand side extending close to figure.

Technique:

Lithograph with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

400mm 
x 350mm
AUTHENTICITY
Phascolomys Wombat - Antique Print from 1824

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

Very rare elephant folio lithograph of the Wombat from Naturalist Atlas by Georg August Goldfuss. The work was released in parts comprising 20 per year, from 1824-1842 in Dusseldorf. The work was never released as an officially bound copy.

First reported sighting:
February 1797, after the ship Sydney Cove ran aground on Clarke Island in February 1797, the crew of the salvage ship, Francis, discovered wombats on the island. A live animal was taken back to Port Jackson.  Governor John Hunter later sent the animal’s corpse to Joseph Banks at the Literary and Philosophical Society to verify that it was a new species.

Naming 26 January 1798:
‘We saw several sorts of dung of different animals, one of which Wilson called a Whom-batt, which is an animal about 20 inches high, with short legs and a thick body…’ Bargo, N.S.W. John Price.

First detailed description:
25 August 1798 Letter from Hunter to Joseph Banks.

Common names: Common Wombat, Naked-nosed Wombat, Coarse-haired Wombat, Island Wombat, Tasmanian Wombat & Forest Wombat.
Modern binomial name: Vombatus ursinus
First described: Shaw 1800
Distribution: SA, VIC, TAS, NSW & QLD.

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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