Arnoldus Montanus (c.1625–1683) was a Dutch teacher and author of a book about the American continent titled "De nieuwe en onbekende weereld". The book title means "The new and unknown world". It is probably better known as "Die unbekante Neue Welt", which is the title of the 1673 translation to German made by Olfert Dapper.


De nieuwe en onbekende weereld, book 2, chap. 2, sec. 2Edit

Dutch originalEdit

De nieuwe en onbekende weereld unicorn

Op de grenzen van Canada worden nu en dan beesten gesien, gelijkende eenigsints na een paerd: hebben geplitste klaeuwen, ruige maenen, een hoorn recht aen 't voor-hoofd, een staert als de wilde swijnen, swarte oogen, een hertenhals beminnen de naerste wildernissen: zijn schuw van malkander: sulx 't mannetje nooit nevens 't wijfje weyd, dan alleenlijk wanneer tot voort-teeling vermengen. Thans leggenze haer wreedheid af; soo haest de teel-tijd over is, vallen niet alleen ander wild; maer self haer eigen geflacht aen.

English translation (John Ogilby, 1671)Edit

On the Borders of Canada there is seen sometimes a kind of Beast which hath some resemblance with a Horse, having cloven Feet, shaggy Mayn, one Horn just on their Forehead, a Tail like that of a wild Hog, black Eyes, and a Deers Neck: it feeds in the nearest Wildernesses: the Males never come amongst the Females except at the time when they Couple, after which they grow so ravenous, that they not onely devour other Beasts, but also one another.

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