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J.W. Buel — Sea and Land (and goat-eating crabs)

Published: Wed May 09 2012

Chimpanzees abducting women, round-house-kicking orang-utans and killer elephants — yep, this may sound like a regular night at The Printworks, but they are in fact some of the fabulous wonders of nature featured in J.W. Buel’s 1889 book of illustrations, Sea and Land. We may have just received a shipment of swimming shorts from Robinson Les Bains, Hartford and Mr Bond’s favourite, Orlebar Brown, but looking at these pictures, maybe it’s best to swerve the danger of the beach and just stick to the local baths.

Pictures courtesy of this ace flickr set.