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Drawings of birds, flowers and fruits

[Album with natural history drawings].
[Netherlands?, ca. 1700?]. Small 4to (18 x 13 cm). Album with 22 drawings on 21 leaves, mostly in watercolour and pencil. Contemporary marbled boards.
€ 2,500
Album with 22 charming natural history drawings on 21 leaves, including an opening drawing of a putto in front of a column, apparently intended as a sort of title-page, followed by drawings of birds (5), flowering plants (14) and fruits or fruit-bearing plants (2).
The boards are covered with marbled paper in a Dutch pattern, similar to Wolfe 35, dating from the late 17th to early/mid-18th century. The paper is watermarked: freestanding rampant lion (without crown) but we find no similar mark in the literature.
Some spots and thumbing throughout, binding soiled and slightly worn along the extremities; a good copy.
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