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The True And Lively Nature Of Every Beast

I recently discovered a compendium of four-footed beasts dating from 1607. As well as providing a comprehensive overview of each beast, it also contains a wealth of detail about diet, illness, fighting habits, and general character traits. However, for me, the illustrations are by far the most fascinating aspect of the text. Find below some of the more entertaining examples. Note especially the smiling tiger.

 

‘Camelopardals’

 

Camel

 

Sphinx

 

Violent Hippo

 

Pan

 

Hyena

 

Lamia

 

Otter

 

Porcupine

 

Rhino (in armour!)

 

Satyr

 

Hyena (sporting what appears to be a moustache)

 

Satyr

 

Uniccorn

 

Grinning Tiger

 

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