Exceptionally rare 16th century series of engravings of animals -both fantastic and real by Marcus Gheeraerts the Elder published by Euerardus Hoefwinckel in 1583.
The three separate three engravings have been permanently mounted sometime in the past on a single sheet of old paper.
The text on the top most image reads: Animalium quadrupedum omnis generis verae et artificiosissimae delineationes
(Depictions of Four footed animals of all types both real and imaginary)
The credits in Italian read: pitore Marco Gerardo Brugense excudebat Antwerpie Euerdus Hoefwinckel Anno 1583.
Condition: Permamently mounted on another sheet of paper. Several small missing areas, and spotting and as shown. Strong impressions which are remarkably clear and crisp given their age.