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J525 F912u / 1-SIZE
[Cannibals on a Caribbean island]
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illustration; leaf XVI  recto
woodcut, hand coloring
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Dog-headed cannibals butcher people on a kind of butcher's block. One dog-headed man leads a llama[?] with a victim tied to it. Built environment includes dwelling.
Fries, Lorenz, ca. 1490-1531
Uslegung der Mercarthen oder Cartha marina ...
Source place of publication:
Getruckt zü Strassburg [Strasbourg]
von Johannes Grieninger, vnd vollendet vff vnser Lieben Frawen Abent der Geburt.
Text notes that the people of these islands discovered by Columbus were naked and decorated themselves with parrot feathers. They lived in dwellings of wood covered with palm branches.The idea that cannibals were somehow related to dogs may have come from Columbus' entry in his log: "All the people I have encountered up until this time greatly fear the people of Caniba of Canima . . . The Indians with me continued to show great fear . . . insisting that the people of Bohío had only one eye and a face of a dog, and they fear being eaten."Fries was trained as a medical doctor. After settling in Strasbourg around 1519 he became an associate of the Strasbourg printer and publisher Johann Grüninger, an associate of the St. Die group of scholars formed by, among others, Walter Lud, Martin Ringmann and Martin Waldseemuller.This book was designed to accompany: Carta marina, the author's version of the Waldseemüller marine chart.Publication statement from colophon.Cf. #07418-1 for a later version.
Acquired in 1936.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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