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A selection of woodcuts from a book entitled The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents, published in

Decoding the Morse: The History of 16th-Century Narcoleptic Walruses | The Public Domain Review

walrus - Woodcut after the Strasbourg town hall image, from Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium edition)

Aldrovandi was a prodigious writer of natural history. His book on monsters, profusely illustrated with marvellous woodcuts of monsters in the human, animal and vegetable realms, forms part of his great encyclopoedic work on natural history complete in thrirteen thick volumes, of which only four were published during his lifetime.

Aldrovandi was a prodigious writer of natural history. His book on monsters, profusely illustrated with marvellous woodcuts of monsters in the human, anima

The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents (1658) | The Public Domain Review

"The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents", 1658 [Porcupine, Porcospino]

mensen en dieren in 'chaos'..

The Hague, RMMW, 10 A detail of f.Men and animals in chaos’ St Augustine, La Cité de Dieu (Vol. Translation from the Latin by Raoul de Presles.

obviously, where unicorns came from (nice example of vintage scientific illustration though)

History of Science: A description of the nature of four-footed beasts : with their figures engraven in brass: [Illustrations of animals]

Rosmarus - Resembling enormous walruses with paws and inverted tusks, these medieval European sea monsters have been known to climb up out of the water using their tusks and feet to grip onto rocks. They feed mostly on shellfish, and are hunted and skinned by small groups of humans who patrol the rocky coastlines.

walrus - Image of the “rosmarus” featured in Conrad Gesner’s Icones Animalium

Arnoldus Montanus’ New and Unknown World (1671) | The Public Domain Review

A selection of copper engravings featured in Dutch explorer, missionary, and theologian Arnoldus Montanus' monumental De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld,

The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents (1658) | The Public Domain Review

University of Houston Digital Library: Topsell's The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents Woodcuts: Mantichora

Copper engravings featured in Dutch explorer, missionary, and theologian Arnoldus Montanus’ monumental De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld (1671) —

Copper engravings featured in Dutch explorer, missionary, and theologian Arnoldus Montanus’ monumental De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld (1671) —

Baboon, 1658

Topsell's The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents Woodcuts: Cynocepale or Baboun

Ostrich, The Wonders of the Animal Kingdom: Exhibiting delineations of the most distinguished wild animals in the various menageries of this country, Robert Huish, 1830.

Ostrich, The Wonders of the Animal Kingdom: Exhibiting delineations of the most distinguished wild animals in the various menageries of this country, Robert Huish,

Camelopardals (Giraffes), a woodcut from the book The history of four-footed beasts and serpents... by Edward Topsell, printed by E. Cotes for G. Sawbridge, T. Williams and T. Johnson in London in 1658.

A selection of woodcuts from a book entitled The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents, published in

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