The head-piece in this section is a woodcut taken from Edward Topsell's The History of Foure-Footed Beastes (London: 1607; facsimile of the Bodlian Library's copy, Amsterdam: 1973), p. 170. This was the only dog-illustration published in Gesner's first edition (1561); Topsell uses it as a head-piece for Caius' text above. The artist has taken poetic license with the lion-concept; the water spaniel is among hounds, which give approximate scale: moyen-sized. Gesner (1603) illustrated his text with a woodcut which is very reminiscent (only lacking the bird) of Markham's; the latter is used here as as headpiece for Main Menu.
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