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From A collection of book plate designs, by Louis Rhead, Boston, 1907. Louis John Rhead. (1857–1926). California Digital Library > A collection of book plate designs

mediumaevum: Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] Whales are immense beasts, with bodies equal to mountains. They have their name from emitting water, for the Greek ballein means emit; they raise waves higher than those of any other sea beast. They are called monsters (cete) because of their horribleness. The whale that swallowed Jonah was of such size that its belly resembled hell; as Jonah says (Jonah 2:2): “He heard me from the belly of hell.” image: Bodleian Library, MS. Ashmole 1511…