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Buffon's Histoire Naturelle générale et particulière,... Tome II

Jacques de Seve. From Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon's Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière,... Tome II. Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749. Quarto. Copper engravings. Framed.

From a group of delightful dog prints from the work of one of the most important naturalists of all time. The Comte de Buffon (1707-88), was an amazingly talented man, whose studies ranged through mathematics, astronomy, and all the sciences. His theories, such as his argument that New World species were inferior, were often as controversial as well known. His name was legendary in this vital period of natural history. These memorable images of various breeds of dogs. were part of a prodigious undertaking in which the Count, who was then keeper of the Jardin du Roi (precursor of the Paris Zoo) set out in some 44 volumes, over a fifty-year period, to describe the whole animal kingdom, with fully realized illustrations. For quality, charm and the immensity of the undertaking, these prints are a fitting testimony to the 18th-century passion for natural history.

Ansdell: Retriever and Pheasant
Richard Ansdell. "Retriever and Pheasant." London: James Sheldon, ca. 1870. 11 3/8 x 9. Engraving by R. Dudensing. Light spots throughout, else very good condition. $175

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Cassell's Book of the Dog

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From Cassell's The Illustrated Book of the Dog.. London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin, ca. 1881. Octavo. Chromolithographs by Vincent Brooks Day & Son. Excellent condition.

From a delightful series of portraits of dogs. The last part of the nineteenth century was the time when wonderful chromolithographs were being produced in England and in the United States, and these prints are excellent examples of the process. The attractive subjects and bright colors make for a series of truly charming prints.

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Fine Art Etchings of dogs by various artists


MORGAN DENNIS (1892-1960)


EDWIN MEGARGEE. (1883-1958)


PERCIVAL L. ROSSEAU. (1859-1937)

JOHN MARTIN TRACY. (1843-1893)



PAUL WOOD. (1897- 1964)


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