griffin & phoenix

Here is my entire character/creature lineup for this past Animal Alphabets Mythical Creatures Edition.  I’m glad that I was able to get through the entire alphabet.  Looking forward to the next one!

camren conversations pt.4
  • camila: why do you like unicorns?
  • lauren: why would you not?
  • camila: i don't know, i guess i expected u to like something badass, like a griffin or a phoenix or like a pegasus.
  • lauren: well, i like unicorns, so...
  • camila: i know, but why?
  • lauren: because then i can have magic and make things the way i want them.
  • camila: oh, like?
  • lauren: summon a dragon and fly away with it.
Of Unicornes Hornes

Written by Lauren Galloway, student employee

Of Unicornes Hornes was first published as Chapter XXIII of Pseudodoxia Epidemica in 1646. Special Collection’s 1984 edition contains only this single chapter of Sir Thomas Browne’s work. It is a deluxe copy of only 60. The title Pseudodoxia Epidemica means “Vulgar Errors” and among unicorns, the animals debunked by Browne include the basilisk, griffin, and phoenix. However, Browne’s analysis was based on authority, sense, and reason—not experiment or observation.

In the 17th century, people believed that unicorns’ horns possessed medical properties, such as being antidotes to poisons. Having one’s cup made out of unicorn horn to prevent poisoning became very popular among royalty and the high-ranking. Most of these fake unicorn horns were actually made out of rhinoceros or narwhal horns. The most famous unicorn horn was the “horn at Windsor” in England which was valued at £100,000 in 1590.

Some of the featured “unicorns” in Browne’s work include the rhinoceros, oryx, sword-fish, hippopotamus, walrus, and narwhal. 

Browne, Thomas, Alan James Robinson, J. A. Van Dorsten. Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Of Unicornes Hornes. Williamsburg, MA: Cheloniidae, 1984. Print.