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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Your Sunday Morning Leviathan Roundup

Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales

feuilleton writes:

When Herman Melville complains in chapter 55 of Moby Dick about erroneous representations of whales, this is the kind of thing he had in mind. Among those he takes to task, however, I don’t recall any of them having two blow-holes like the creature above.
These fanciful beasts are the work of (no sniggering, please) Hieronymus Cock (1510–1570), an Antwerp engraver, and they populate the seas as part of his marvellous map of America created with the assistance of Spanish cartographer Diego GutiĆ©rrez.

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