The Preserved Puppy Proposal Posted on January 22, 2014 by - Animal History, Collecting, Hans Sloane, History of Science, Patronage, Royal Society, Specimens Edmund Curll, a bookseller’s apprentice, wrote to Sloane in 1703 with news of “A Wonderfull production in Nature”: an unusual puppy.

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follow link Whelp’d two Puppies one of them was whelp’d dead and the other that was whelp’d alive being a Male in 24 hours after voided from the fundament another Little Creature wch Liv’d 10 Hours and is now preserv’d in Spirits of Wine.

go This, Curll promised Sloane, could “be produced Sr if you please to give yourself the trouble”.

Experiment on a dog. From Joannes Walaeus, Epistola duae, 1651. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

operazioni binari Experiment on a dog. From Joannes Walaeus, Epistola duae, 1651. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

see By 1703, Sloane was already known for his collection of curiosities, but it was in Sloane’s capacity was secretary of the Royal Society that Curll approached him (as the letter’s address specified). Presumably Curll thought that Sloane, in particular, would be unable to resist a strange “Little Creature” born from its mother’s anus.

get link Dogs, of course, were often used in experimentation, so an unusual specimen may well have been of interest to the Royal Society—though I would have been more curious to examine the mother to determine whether the anal birth had resulted from a congenital problem or an injury caused by the whelping.*

binäre optionen 60 sekunden analysen In writing to Sloane, perhaps Curll was hoping to strike up a common interest with a potential patron who was known for buying books as well as oddities—or, maybe, he was just hoping to turn a quick profit on a dead puppy.

analisi trend opzioni binarie Capitalizing on (bad) luck and death was certainly one of Curll’s overall career-building tactics. In 1708, he took over his master’s bookselling after Roger Smith went bankrupt. And his career went from high to high (or low to low), as Curll became infamous as a seller of dodgy remedies to treat venereal problems and a purveyor of cheap dirty books and scandals. He was also known for publishing scurrilous and unverified biographies of recently deceased people, leading physician John Arbuthnot to (allegedly) comment that Curll was “one of the new terrors of death”.

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treding binari * My internet search history is now filled with some pretty iffy search terms and I’m no wiser, although I suspect an injury. I also discovered that there are a lot of preserved puppies available for sale on ebay and etsy, but no relevant historical pictures of such specimens.

2 comments on “The Preserved Puppy Proposal

  1. Kate Morant on

    Edmund Curll sounds quite a character, Lisa, but this report from Edmond Halley ( perhaps trumps his puppy as this whelp was allegedly born “per Anum” from a *male* dog. Halley rather sardonically notes that the birthing-dog *was* dissected but that the gentlemen “were disappointed of their Expectations”.

    Did your iffy internet searches reveal if these claims still arise today?

    • Lisa Smith on

      Thanks for the link. What a great story (and Halley’s scepticism is very entertaining)! My iffy internet searches proved disappointing in finding any modern cases, as well…


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