Jonstonus, Joannes, 1603-1675 / A description of the nature of four-footed beasts : with their figures engraven in brass
Chapter VI. Of the unicorn, and of the horned-asses, pp. 19-21
OF THE FOURFOOTED nay, that if he bath drunk any venome,he flall ttCtci~.-, C<It it tip again, and recover his health. And when other Affies, all the world over, whether taule, or wild, and all other wholehooft beafts have, as it is faid, nor ankles , nor gall in their liver: Thlefe Indian Affes onely have ankles, and thek black, and that within, if you break themi, neither want they a gall; and that in wvifiniefre, they exceed not onely by much other Affes, but alfo by far both Elephants and Horfes. And when they come firft on the way, their pace is but flow at beginning, but then they mend it by degrees, and at length none can overtake them. After the females have brought forth, the fires very carefully looke to the colts, and their haunt is in the moft defert parts of India: when the Indians hunt them, they hold the colts feeding behind them, and fight for them: they dare meet the horfemen face to face, and make at them with their hornes. So itrong they are, there is no re- !ifting of them, they make all yeeld, or what will not. They break, or fo Ihatter, that it become ufeleffe, and is quite fpoyl'd. If they meet with horfes they rend, and tear their fides in pieces, that their very guts fall out, fo that horfemen are aifraid to come near them, knowing that the approach is the utter lamen- tabledeltrudtion, both man and horfe, they lay finely about them with their heels. What ever they bite, they make an utter riddance of it. If they be once grown up , they are not to be taken; they are killUd with darts and arrows. Their fleflh is fo bitter, it is not to be eaten. Philoftratus writes almoft the fame. The figure Vit. Apl~- that we have here added, is of a wild beaft- loiL 1. 9 bodied,and eared like an Afle,armed with two hornes, one liooting out of his noitrills, the other about his eys;but becaufe it is not whole- hoof d, nor one-horn'd, it cannot be the In- dian Affe. THe BEASTS. r'
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