Folio. Large paper edition. 34 by 25 cm. Etched title, followed by 24 etched plates of anthropomorphic monkeys, acting out scenes from Shakespeare or illustrating lines from Cowper, Dryden and others. Thomas Landseer was the brother of the more famous Sir Edwin Landseer and was best known for making many fine engravings of his brother's work. "Monkey-ana" is one of the few works he engraved from his own designs. These designs are as full of spirit, originality, whimsy and mastery as anything by Sir Edwin. On china paper mounted on wove rag. The work was originally issued in six parts of four etchings each, and the six original wrapper covers are bound in at the end. These wrapper covers are lightly foxed. Otherwise, the plates are crisp and clean, with only the most occasional, light finger smudging on an margin edge. One plate cut slightly shorter than the rest. Bound in contemporary half red morocco. Marbled paper boards. Light wear to the binding.