trail of the grail. They didn’t find the holy grail but apparently stumbled upon a unicorn on Mount Sinai. …Arrayed beside the more prosaic goats and camel in this fifteenth-century woodcut are such zoological marvels as a long-horned giraffe, a unicorn, a star-spangled salamander, and a near relative of the Abominable Snowman. Although the artist hedges a bit on the latter- the latin caption reads “there is no agreement about the name”- he flatly asserts that the animals are honestly depicted.
…Animals, with their names inscribed as follows: Seraffa, Cocodrillus, Capre de India, Vnicornus, Camelus, Salemandra, and a great ape, of which the name was unknown, together with the statement that these animals were truly depicted as they were actually seen in the Holy Land. This can be believed in regard to the figures of the Giraffe (‘) and Dromedary, which are admirably drawn (and probably the earliest printed), but the Unicorn is of theusually accepted shape and the Crocodile, though very near, is not quite as one knows him now-a-days….Read More:http://archive.org/stream/bernhardvonbreyd00davi/bernhardvonbreyd00davi_djvu.txt
The woodcuts are illustrations from Breydenbach’s Travels in the Holy Land, published in Mainz in 1486.