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upper center in black ink: Melior est CANIS vivus Leoni mortuo. Ecc[es].9. (“For a living dog is better than a dead lion.” Ecclesiastes 9:4) (Latin Vulgate Bible) / upper center in (gold?): CANIS FESTINA[N]S CAECOS PARIT CATVLOS.; center right in brown ink: XXXVII.; animals in image numbered .1. and .2., in red ink; lower center in red ink: PERICVLOSV[M] EST, CANE[M] INTESTINA GVSTARE.
Facing page: upper center in brown ink: Luciferi primo cum sydere, frigida rura / Carpamus, dum mane novum dum gramina canent / Et ros in tenera, pecori gratissimus herba est.; lower center in brown ink: Pastor inequali modulatur arundine carmen, / Nec desunt comites, sedula turba Canes.


Emperor Rudolph of Austria; Lessing J. Rosenwald, Alverthorpe, PA; gift to NGA, 1987.

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