A description of the nature of four-footed beasts (page 3/3)

[picture: Antique engraving of a hippopotamus]

Antique engraving of a hippopotamus

This rather unlikely picture of a hippopotamus was engraved on brass and included in the 1678 edition of this book. The description in the book, which I have transcribed here, mentions that the hippopotamus’ teeth are so sharp that they send forth sparks; that the hippopotamus walked backwards so as to annoy hunters; and that they were not certain [...] [more...]

[picture: Another antique brass engraving of a Hippopotamus]

Another antique brass engraving of a Hippopotamus

See hippopotamus picture for more details.

[picture: Manticore]

Manticore

This picture of a Manticore was engraved in brass and included in the 1678 edition of this book. It is taken from Tab. LII. [more...]


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