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[Canada Ladies Slipper] Helleborine Canadensis, sive Calceolus Mariæ.
[Canada Ladies Slipper] Helleborine Canadensis, sive Calceolus Mariæ.
N. Robert del. et scul.
[n.d., c.1788.]
Rare engraving. 405 x 305mm (16 x 12"), large margins. Creased, old ink mss addition to the title.
A botanical illustration of the Canada Ladies Slipper orchid. Nicolas Robert (1614-85), appointed Painter of Miniatures to Louis XIV in 1664, contributed thirty-nine plates (of 319) to 'Estampes pour servir a l'histoire des Plantes' by botanist Denis Dodart (1634-1707). The work was begun in 1667 and stalled in 1692 due to lack of funds (Louis XIV's wars); sets were printed in 1701 and 1788, neither of which were sold to the public, merely given as royal gifts, making this an extremely rare series.
[Ref: 52987]   £390.00   (£468.00 incl.VAT)
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A Devonshire Cow.
A Devonshire Cow.
Pub: by G. Garrard, London. July 18th. 1799.
First issue. Very fine hand-coloured engraving. 324 x 482mm (12¾ x 19"), with wide margins, watermarked: 'J. Whatman 1794'.
A devonshire cow, with its rich tawny coloured coat and thus often called the Devon Ruby. George Garrard (1760 - 1826) was an animal painter who turned his attention to the making of casts and models of many subjects, but mainly of domestic animals. He was sponsored by the fifth Duke of Bedford, who was the first president of the Smithfield Club (founded I798), and by the third Earl of Egremont, as well as by other members of the Board of Agriculture. Garrard called his house in Hanover Square, London, 'The Agricultural Museum,' and from there he sold his paintings, engraving and models. Issued with original colour like this, Garrard's Cows cost 5 shillings each.
Boalch The Rothamsted Collection: 96.
[Ref: 53122]   £320.00  
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