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1607 Elephant by Topsell age toned Featured Edward Topsell Print

1607 Elephant by Topsell age toned

"Of the Elephant" a 1607 engraving with later tinting from Edward Topsell's "History of four Footed Beasts". Topsell produced one of the first printed English Bestiaries, containing reports from other authors such as Pliny, Albertus and Gesner (1560 from which this woodcut is clearly derived). He included such received wisdoms as that elephants worship the sun and the moon and become pregnant by chewing mandrake. If you touch an elephant's trunk it cures headaches (no mention is made of a cure for trampling). Topsell appears to realise the weakness of these derived accounts and states "I would have the Reader - imagine I have (not) related all that is ever said of the beasts, but only (what) is said by many". A John Leinhard points out this is an early form of a priori validation

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