As European trading companies circumnavigated the globe, over the course of the seventeenth century cabinets of curiosities began to include more specimens from faraway places, such as flying fish or gigantic jellyfish.
Tag: Early Modern Books
In 1554 the renowned naturalist Guillaume Rondelet described mysterious New World "whales" with some intriguing qualities. They were mammals, could be trained like a dog, and had not one, but two full sets of genitals. Which animals were these?
The Frankfurt Book Fair, held annually in October, always makes for press headlines - especially in 2016, with the Netherlands and Flanders as guests of honour. But did you know that over five hundred years of history have shaped this book industry event?