1. KorbenDallas

    Did Unicorns live a few hundred years ago?

    John Jonston (in Polish, Jan Jonston; in Latin, Joannes Jonstonus (1603–1675) says they did. Who was Mr. Jonstonus? Sounds like he was a pretty serious scholar. In 1632 Jonston traveled abroad with Bogusław and several other Commonwealth magnates' sons. Their first stop was Franeker (1632)...
  2. KorbenDallas

    16th century Morsus aka Walrus... or what was it?

    This is the second and less famous of Waldseemüller’s two great world maps; the lone surviving copy of his first, on which we see the word America first written, was bought for $10 million in 2001 by the Library of Congress. This detail depicts an odd elephant-like creature in the Arctic Ocean...