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Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 920, detail of f. 317v (St Martha and the Tarasque). Book of Hours, use of Rome. 15th century

medieval cookbook unicorn recipe, MmmmMMMmmmm... UNICORN STEW!

Besançon, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 0457, f. 273v. Avicenna, Canon medicinae. Paris, 3rd quarter of the 13th century.

Colossal octopus by Pierre Denys de Montfort en:Pierre Denys de Montfort († 1820) - from en:Image:Colossal octopus by Pierre Denys de Montfort.jpg where it was uploaded by en:user:Salleman. フランスの軟体動物学者ピエール・デニス・ド・モンフォール (en) によって描かれた巨大な頭足類(1801年公表)。 ノルウェー近海やアイスランド沖、ほかにもアフリカ南部のアンゴラ沖などで、このような生物に襲われたという記録が船乗りによって残されている。 Pen and wash drawing by malacologist Pierre Dénys de Montfort, 1801, from the descriptions of French sailors reportedly attacked by such a creature off the coast of Angola.

The siren in the Hortus sanitatis, “De piscibus,” chapter 83, published in 1491. (British Library, IB.344). Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps.

Woodcut illustrations from ‘History of Monsters’, by Ulissi Aldrovandi (Aldrovandus) (1522-1605)

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Latin 10834, f. 6v. Vaticinia de summis pontificibus. Cologne, 1st quarter of the 15th century

The Unicorn in Captivity - South Netherlandish (possibly Brussels or Liège), c. 1495-1505, tapestry with wool warp, wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts.“The seven individual hangings known as “The Unicorn Tapestries,” are among the most beautiful and complex works of art from the late Middle Ages that survive. Luxuriously woven in fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads, the tapestries vividly depict scenes associated with a hunt for the elusive, magical unicorn. “The Unicorn in…