Alexander Anderson, medical doctor and illustrator, is remembered as America’s first wood engraver. He helped Samuel Mitchill explain what that was wriggling on the end of the line to all New York’s anglers a couple of centuries ago.
This plate comes from Digital Gallery of the New York Public Library. Any designers reading this would do well to explore the other images in the Alexander Anderson gallery – there’s a wealth of early 19th century lettering, scrollwork, text decorations and intricate twisty bits in there.
That any illustration with a description that begins “1. Rorstrated Dory…” should be in a book deemed rare is unspeakably sad.