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Variae quadrupedum species

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  • Title (series)

    • Variae quadrupedum species
  • Description

    Title, "Variae Quadrupedum Species Accuratissime Delineatae...", with facing dragon and griffon supporting a garland cartouche, and a smaller griffon at top centre

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  • Date

    • 1654-1696 (c.)
  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 158 millimetres
    • Width: 214 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered title: "Variae Quadrupedum Species Accuratissime Delineatae Per Franciscum Barlow Pictorum sui seculi facile Principem. P Tempest excudit."
  • Curator's comments

    For information on the volume see 1997,0928.14.1

    This is a later impression of the title page to a series originally issued 1658-63 (presumably with this title design, though there is no extant copy from the original set); for a duplicate impression, see 1896,1230.159

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