Paris: L’Imprimerie Royale, 1755. Three disbound, hand-colored copper engravings on leaves of 11.25 x 9 inches, plate marks measuring 8 x 6.25 inches. Browning to edges of leaves, not touching plates.
Three hand-colored copper engravings of animal skeletons by Jean-Charles Baquoye, known as “Buvée l'ameriquain,” from Buffon’s massive Histoire Naturelle Générale et Particuliere. These three plates are drawn from Volume V, Quadrupèdes II, first published in 1755. The surreal engravings feature detailed skeletons, individual bones lettered, perched atop elaborate marble pedestals in the countryside: Plate XIII depicts a goat, Plate XXIII a pig, and Plate LI features two skeletons, both dogs. A fine group of eighteenth-century anatomical engravings, skillfully hand-colored at an early date.