[...] Guereza.Animalculum e genere eorum quae Hollandi Sanguinen vocant Callitrix veterum ut videtur Nobis Cercopitheculum vel Galeopitheculium appellare visum suit.
[Frankfurt: Johann David Zunner, 1691.]
Engraving. Printed area 300 x 250mm. (11¾ x 9¾"). Trimmed, false margin added, some damp staining.
Illustrations of two monkeys 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'. The guereza is an inhabitant of Ethiopia, but the Callithrix (marmoset) is a New World Monkey. It seems Ludolf, who never left Europe, got confused.
For a portrait of Ludolf see ref. 26060.
[Ref: 30160] £220.00