A description of the nature of four-footed beasts (page 1/3)

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Some images taken from A description of the Nature of Four-Footed Beasts, With their Figures Engraven in Brass, written in Latin by Dr. John Johnston. Translated into English by J. P.

The author is referred to in catalogues as Jonstonus, Joannes (1603-1675). The book was published in London.

The book is online at University of Wisconsin Digital Collections under History of Science and Technology; I requested (and obtained) permission to use the images, which the University has confirmed are in the public domain; I also place (in case there is any question) my own versions of the images in the public domain, so you can use them in any way you like.

You will find here (eventually) not only copies of the page images from Wisconsin University, but also cleaned-up versions of the scans, with individual animals in separate files.

Title: A description of the nature of four-footed beasts

Author: Jonstonus, Joannes

City: London

Date: 1678

Total items: 12

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[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...] [$]

[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: Monoceros (Unicorn) Engraving]

Monoceros (Unicorn) Engraving

An engraving of a Monocerous, or Unicorn, on brass, from the 1678 edition of the book. It is taken from Tab. XI. [more...] [$]

[picture: Unicorn with Mane (Monoceros seu Unicornu Jubatus)]

Unicorn with Mane (Monoceros seu Unicornu Jubatus)

This picture of a unicorn with a mane was engraved on brass and included in the 1678 edition of this book. It is taken from Tab. XI. [more...] [$]

[picture: Another antique brass engraving of a Hippopotamus]

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Some images taken from A description of the Nature of Four-Footed Beasts, With their Figures Engraven in Brass, written in Latin by Dr. John Johnston. Translated into English by J. P.

The author is referred to in catalogues as Jonstonus, Joannes (1603-1675). The book was published in London.

The book is online at University of Wisconsin Digital Collections under History of Science and Technology; I requested (and obtained) permission to use the images, which the University has confirmed are in the public domain; I also place (in case there is any question) my own versions of the images in the public domain, so you can use them in any way you like.

You will find here (eventually) not only copies of the page images from Wisconsin University, but also cleaned-up versions of the scans, with individual animals in separate files.


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