Ippopotamoc. Hippopotamus. Behemoth.
[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