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The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers
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Oct 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction

The title describes the contents about as straightforwardly as I could. Lavers writes about the history of the idea of the unicorn, paying special attention to where the stories and reports of the creatures might have come from (essentially reverse-engineering them and looking for the components among existing animals). It's a fun, accessible read that offers a great deal of interesting information in its relatively short page-count, dipping into Bible scholarship, 19th century exploration of Africa, medieval bestiaries and renaissance tapestry along the way.
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