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Clara's Grand Tour : Travels with a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-Century Europe
by Glynis Ridley


Overview - In 1741, an enterprising Dutch sea captain transported a young, female Indian rhinoceros from Assam to Europe where she was displayed before everyone from peasants to princes. In an age before railways and modern roads, the three-ton Clara traveled in an enormous coach drawn by eight horses.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In 1741, an enterprising Dutch sea captain transported a young, female Indian rhinoceros from Assam to Europe where she was displayed before everyone from peasants to princes. In an age before railways and modern roads, the three-ton Clara traveled in an enormous coach drawn by eight horses. She journeyed across mainland Europe and Britain for 17 years, becoming a favorite of Frederick the Great and Louis XV. She modeled for scientific portraits and etchings; she inspired poems, songs, and fashions; and she was duly immortalized in everything from tin coins to the finest porcelain. Awarded the prestigious Institute of Historical Research Prize, Glynis Ridley's sparkling history brings Clara's tragicomic story vividly to life. "Clara's Grand Tour" is also a portrait of an era that saw the rhinoceros as both an object of marvel and a challenge to fundamental philosophical and theological beliefs.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802142337
  • ISBN-10: 0802142338
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Publish Date: January 2006
  • Page Count: 222
  • Dimensions: 8.24 x 5.51 x 0.65 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.63 pounds


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Books > Nature > Animals - Mammals
Books > History > World - General
Books > History > Modern - 18th Century

 
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