The Brasilians have their Cotias of the bignesse, shape, and taste of the Hare; yellowish, little eared, and almost no tail. There is a greater kind called Pacæ, round mouthed, Cat-faced, dusk with white spots; tender of flesh and skin also; therefore sought after as a dainty.
~Joannes, Jonstonus. A description of the nature of four-footed beasts: with their figures engraven in brass (1678).
I own and operate a fairly decent archive at The Blotted Line. Between the puppet shows, art collections, and book architecture, it’s also something of a Wunderkammer. Now that I’ve acquired two new four-footed beasts, I can expand my operations to include a (narrowly focused) bestiary.
Guinea-pigs made it back to London by the 16th century (though they’re mostly from Peru, not Brazil), so I feel justified including Hero and Leander regularly here. (It’s a weak justification: mostly I think the pair are funny.)
Soon I’ll return to commenting on literature. For now, enjoy the antics of my four-footed beasts (at left).
6 May 2009 ~ St. Catharines