For Pliny tells us of whales that embraced acres of living bulk, and Aldrovandus
of others which measured eight hundred feet in length --Rope Walks and Thames Tunnels of Whales
, De Quadrupedibus Digitatis Vivparis and Monstrorum (Bologna, 1616), cited in Ramona and Desdmond Morris, Men and Apes (London: McGraw Hill, 1966), 60.
For Pliny tells us of Whales that embraced acres of living bulk, and Aldrovandus
of others which measured eight hundred feet in length--Rope Walks and Thames Tunnels of Whales
Robert Gemmett explains that Beckford was so provoked by the housekeeper's mistaken attributions of paintings when showing the house that he devised his imaginary accounts of Aldrovandus
Magnus, Og of Basan, Sucrewasser of Vienna, and other imaginary masters, full of picturesque, unlikely and extravagant detail (Beckford 12-14).
Such goods were to be found in the museum of Aldrovandus
at Bologna which Browne described as "the greatest collection of naturall things that I have seen.