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The Art of African Exploration
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Rhinoceros zoo als die meest afgebeeldt worden [The rhinoceros as it had been commonly depicted]

Rhinoceros zoo als die meest afgebeeldt worden [The rhinoceros as it had been commonly depicted],  Image number:SIL28-309-03
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  From:
Nauukeurige en uitvoerige beschryving van de Kaap de Goede Hoop

Peter Kolb 1675-1726
Amsterdam, By Balthazar Lakeman, 1727.

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The armored beast depicted here shows the influence 16th-century engravings of rhinos. (It is in fact an Indian rhinoceros, distinguished by its single horn.) Following it in Kolb's book is an illustration demonstrating the advantage of direct observation: it depicts an African rhinoceros that German astronomer Peter Kolb encountered during his travels and described in detail in the text.
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