[Paris: Imprimerie royale?, n.d., c.1670s.]
Etching, illustration to a book, sheet/etched frame 100 x 245mm, 4 x 9¾". A fragment, with French letterpress to verso, rare. No margin outside border; staining upper right.
A wolf or fox's(?) internal organs are examined around a table by scientists; some consult charts and open books. Other learned figures conversing in groups behind, human and animal skeletons and skulls against the far wall. Possibly for Claude Perrault's 'Me´moires pour servir a l'histoire naturelle des animaux', the first important work on comparative anatomy. The frontispiece represents a meeting of the Acade´mie des sciences. The head and tail-pieces, plates and decorations were engraved by Sébastien Le Clerc (1637-1714). Le Clerc was a printmaker, draughtsman and military engineer who entered the Académie in 1672 and was later appointed professor of geometry and perspective.
See Natural History Museum Zoology Library SHELVES 1 ff A.
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