Figures 473 and 474 of the 1887 volume Popular Zoology. Figure 473 depicts a proboscis monkey, also known as a long-nosed monkey. Figure 474 depicts a sacred monkey. The accompanying text describes the honor accorded the sacred monkey in racist terms, negatively comparing the punishment for slaughter of the monkey to that of a man and detailing the alleged permissiveness afforded the monkey in Indian society.
Designed to give students an understanding of the animal worlds, Popular Zoology describes and identifies the animals in two kingdoms of nature: the Invertebrates and the Vertebrates. The volume includes copious intaglio printed illustrations of the animals described, as well as a series of charts detailing the systematic arrangement of representative forms. This is one of a series of textbooks written by American educator Joel Dorman Steele (1836-1886), who often worked in collaboration with his wife Esther Baker Steele (1835-1911). Subjects addressed in a similar manner in other volumes include chemistry, human physiology, physics,and astronomy. Popular Zoology was completed posthumously by J. W. P. Jenks (1819-1894), Professor of Agricultural Zoology at Brown University, who is credited as a co-author on the volume.
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Steele, Joel Dorman, and Jenks, J. W. P. (John Whipple Potter). “Figure 473. Proboscis Monkey. Figure 474. Sacred Monkey.” Popular Zoology. New York, New York: Chautauqua Press, 1887. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/6zeufau.
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