A large whale and a sailing boa

A large whale and a sailing boa

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Caption: A large whale and a sailing boat, illustrating the text that a whale was so large and could go to sleep for so long, that men might mistake its back for an island, land on it, and try to light a fire before the whale would wake up and dive below the surface, Bestiary, with extracts from Giraldus Cambrensis on Irish birds. 2nd quarter of the 13th century

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Keywords: animal, animal categories, bestiary, boat, book, cetacea, document, historical, history, illustration, latin, mammal, text, transportation, visual works, water vehicle, whale, with extracts from giraldus cambrensis on irish birds, written language

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