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Publisher: DE BRY, Th.
Title: XIX. Venatio Elephantum in Pegu. [How elephants are caught in Pegu]
Published in: Frankfurt, 1599
   
Size: 5.2 x 6.6 inches.
13.2 x 16.8 cm.
Colouring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: Text sheet with copper plate engraving. In very good condition, dark impression.
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How elephants are caught in Pegu. The king of Pegu had a particular method of transporting elephants. He had a great enclosure built of strong wooden posts, with a trap-door at the entrance. At the other side of this pen were several stalls that also had trap-doors. The natives then released their especially trained female elephants, each one was rubbed with special oil, attractive to the species. These females went out into the wilderness, enticing the wild bull-elephants to follow them back to the pen. There the females went straight into their stalls and the trap-door was closed. The wild bull-elephants who followed them were then imprisoned and unable to escape. They were then kept without food or water, until they eventually became tame

After his stay in the Indian city of Goa, Van Linschoten set out for Europe with a Portuguese return fleet in 1588. One of the ships was wrecked off the Azores in 1591. Van Linschoten was given the task of staying behind to protect the cargo. At the request of the Portuguese governor of the islands, Dom Christov„o de Moura, he made a map of the city.

Theodore de Bry, a German engraver and book dealer, began a compilation of early voyages in 1590 and had published six parts at the time of his death in 1598. His widow, two sons, and another family member continued the work, which comprised a total of fifty-four parts when it was completed in 1630. The publication is in two series, denoted the Grands Voyages and the Petit Voyages. A German edition of the Petit Voyages was published in 1599 in Frankfurt am Main. A second German edition came out in 1616. Latin editions were published in 1609 and 1629.

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