Tigris Orbiculis Minutis Variegata.Pardus Maculis ceu Scutulis Varius. Tigris Maculis Virgatis.
Engraving. 290 x 370mm. (11½ x 14½"). Time stained; printer's crease.
Illustrations of a leopard and two other big cats with marked fur, from Hiob Ludolf's 'Historiam Aethiopicam Antehac Editam Commentarius'. 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.
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