Recueil de Lions, dessinez d'après nature par divers Maitres & gravez, par Bernard Picart. Divisé en six Livres chacun de six feuilles.

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Amsterdam, chez Bernard Picart, le Romain, à l'Etoile, 1729. Oblong 4to (260 x 198mm). pp. (2), 6,with publisher's vignette on title, an additional engraved title, and 42 fine engravings of lions on 36 leaves. Contemporary half calf, a bit rubbed, preserved in a new cloth box.

First edition of this fine suite of engraved plates on the lion by Bernard Picart

First edition of this fine suite of engraved plates on the lion by Bernard Picart. Many of the plates are by Picart, others after Rembrandt, LeBrun and Dürer. Bernard Picart (Paris 1673 - Amsterdam 1733) was a well-known painter, draughtsman and engraver. His first signed engraving (1693) was the Hermaphrodite after Poussin. After studying at the Académie Royale and working in Paris he finally moved to Amsterdam converting to the Protestant faith. The first plate shows anatomical details of the claws of the lion. The charming frontispiece shows a wooded landscape, with the skin of the Nemean Lion draped over a rock and Hercules' club resting agaist it.

Brunet IV, 630.