The elephant clock, as depicted by Badi'al-Zaman Abū al-‘Izz ibn Ismā'īl ibn al-Razāz al-Jazarī from his manuscript The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices, 1206. On the construction of the clock, Al-Jazari remarked that “the elephant represents the Indian and African cultures, the two dragons represents Chinese culture, the phoenix represents Persian culture, the water work represents ancient Greek culture, and the turban represents Islamic culture”.

On a Lark to the Planets. Frances Trego Montgomery. Akron, Ohio, New York, Chicago: The Saalfield Publishing Co., 1904. First edition.

The young protagonists travel to the planets in a balloon attached to the mechanical elephant. Several of the planets visited are utopian (Venus; Jupiter; Uranus), others dystopian (Mars is warlike, Saturn the literal Hell where Earth people are tortured). The whole is a curious mixture of science, fantasy and mythology.

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