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Sea Sow by Pristichampsus Sea Sow by Pristichampsus
Monstrous fish of early mapmakers, such as Olaus Magnus' "Carta Marina.
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Ucaliptic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I love the creatures on old maps!
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avancna Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also known as "Teetertotter Rosmarinus"
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
I have always loved these things, they're so enigmatic.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
yeah.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
My father used to own a very early copy of Carta Marina (hey, Olaus Magnus was Swedish and plain old Olof Magnusson before he became a scholar). He gave it to grandpa who put it up in his study. I used to play in that study when I visited my grandma 'coz it had all of grandpa's cool old stuff in it. I remember looking at the map and making up stories.

Olaus Magnus' "History of the Northern Peoples" is a hoot, its like a later and more mild-mannnered down-to-earth John Mandeville - about the place where I live. :D
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'd love to read about the early zoology stuff from that time. I managed to read some of "Of monsters and Marvels" the other day, it's very charming how they used to include elephants and ostritch as "monsters".
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tamanou Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
They had a version of Magnus' work in Swedish at our high school library. It is technically a work of cultural history but dips into nature studies when necessary or the author feel like it. For instance, Magnus has some interesting stuff on the (then) current werewolf problem in Latvia, comparing it to famous werewolf reports from antiquity. (Among other things, the werewolves keep drinking all the beer!)

I had hoped to find some online version of it and show you a link (its not like there're copyright issues) but no such luck. There is an English translation as well but presumably the translators have some rights to it.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
How interesting.
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Where do you find all of the sources for these?
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