Quaestio subtilissima


Here is an interesting pen-and-ink drawing that bears a certain family-resemblance to the "supposition dragon."

The inscription reads, "Quaestia [sic] subtilissima, utrum Chimera in vacuo bombinans possit comedere secundas intentiones, et fuet [sic] debatata per decem hebdomades in consilio Constantiensi." It is a slightly corrupted version of the quotation from Rabelais that served as the inspiration for the title of Desmond Paul Henry’s book Quaestio subtilissima.

I found this drawing at http://bolizm.ihep.su/333/art/gomun/931216.html.

(Thanks to Joshua Peter Hochschild at the University of Notre Dame for directing me to this image.)

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