I love color lithographs from the the late 19th century, so you can imagine my delight when I found a book in a bin at the Goodwill missing it’s cover and falling apart at the spine. It still had its cover page, so I knew it was titled ‘The Animal Kingdom’. Also from that single page I learned that it was published in New York in 1901 by P. F. Collier & Son, it was edited by Hugh Craig, M.A. Trinity College, Cambridge, and it had ‘sixty-four full-page illustrations accurately and beautifully executed in eight colors and tints.’
In my hands was one of a two volume set, and in it were 28 stunning color lithographs. All done by Henry J. Johnson and copyright 1880. Eventually I will share them all with you, but I thought I would start with man’s best friend, the dog.