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Ippopotamoc. Hippopotamus. Behemoth.
Ippopotamoc. Hippopotamus. Behemoth.
Joh. Ph. Aubry fecit.
[Frankfurt: Johann David Zunner, 1691.]
Engraving, very scarce. Printed area 290 x 375mm. (11½ x 14¾"). Trimmed, false margin added. Some foxing & creasing
Two early illustrations of Hippopotami, from Hiob Ludolf's 'Historiam Aethiopicam Antehac Editam Commentarius'. Both show the hippopotamus with two forward-protruding tusk-like teeth. Ludolf (1624-1704), a German orientalist, learned the Ethiopian language from Gregorius, a monk from the Ethiopian province of Amhara. He used this knowledge to research the country, even visiting England to promote a trade scheme, unsuccessfully. The modern scholar Edward Ullendorff called Ludolf 'the most illustrious name in Ethiopic scholarship'.
For a portrait of Ludolf see ref. 26060.
[Ref: 30156]   £360.00  
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Imago Simiarumquae.
Imago Simiarumquae.
Joh. Ph. Aubry fecit.
[Frankfurt: Johann David Zunner, 1691.]
Engraving. Printed area 290 x 375mm. (11½ x 14¾"). Trimmed, false margin added, some staining..
Illustrations of monkeys, from Hiob Ludolf's 'Historiam Aethiopicam Antehac Editam Commentarius'. A key describes them eating ants, lifting rocks for worms and throwing dust in the eyes of attacking lions. Ludolf (1624-1704), a German orientalist, learned the Ethiopian language from Gregorius, a monk from the Ethiopian province of Amhara. He used this knowledge to research the country, even visiting England to promote a trade scheme, unsuccessfully. The modern scholar Edward Ullendorff called Ludolf 'the most illustrious name in Ethiopic scholarship'.
For a portrait of Ludolf see ref. 26060.
[Ref: 30157]   £280.00  
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