Ambroise Paré (1510-1590 - woodcut leaf - Description and woodcut of mythological ‘Succarath’ - c 1570 - 1570

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Ambroise Paré (1510-1590 - woodcut leaf - Description and woodcut of mythological ‘Succarath’ - c 1570 - 1570
Heraldry, History, Illustrated, Incunabula & early printing, Militaria, Technology, War history - Quantity: 1 - Single sheet

Rare woodcut leaf.

Below the engaging illustration of the Succarath, a Latin passage suggests that it can be found next to rivers in Patagonia and is regarded as ‘torva’, savage or fierce. The hair on the top of its head and its short beard resemble a lion’s mane encircling a rather human face. A luxuriant squirrel-like tail protects its young who perch on its back. The Succarath’s warm pelt, necessary for the cold climate in southern South America, made it the target of native hunters who trapped the beast by digging holes and covering them with twigs and branches.

The Succarath is described as both a fierce and devoted parent. When trapped, the creature, out of rage or a desire to spare its young from the hunters, will kill them. In less threatening times, it is said to carry its young to the meadows and there adorn them with fragrant blooms. In turn, the young would then care for their parents, carrying and nourishing them in their dotage. This family-minded creature is thus compared to that paragon of parenting, the stork (‘reciconiare’). 

From a 16th Century edition of Pare’s Oeuvres.

Hand coloured.

Top of leaf lightly stained, but not close to woodcut.


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Lot details
Object
Single sheet
Number of Books
1
Subject
Heraldry, History, Illustrated, Incunabula & early printing, Militaria, Technology, War history
Author/ Illustrator
Ambroise Paré (1510-1590 - woodcut leaf
Book Title
Description and woodcut of mythological ‘Succarath’ - c 1570
Condition
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1570
Edition
1st Edition Thus
Language
French
Original language
No
Number of pages
1
Dimensions
35×22 cm
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