I’m teaching Oedipus now. And when I came to the passage where he gouges his eyes out with the brooch of his mother, I thought of the biblical phrase “And if thy right eye offend thee.”
And I thought to myself, whence the ocularphobia?
Illustration: Louis Bouwmeester as Oedipus in a Dutch production of Oedipus the King c. 1896. 
I’m back on Tumblr.
I hold in my hands a catalog by Antiquariaat Demian of books about and by Dutch writer Willem Frederik Hermans, from the collection of Freddy de Vree. Hermans and de Vree were friends for life. They’d met in 1962 via Gust Gils.
The creature is indeed a biped and even has human feet (but the mouth of a tortoise).
Initial ‘P’ from the Moralia in Job (above) is perfect to illustrate the famous dictum by Bernard of Clairvaux: “deformis formositas ac formosa deformitas" (deformed beauty and yet a beautiful deformity).
What I do know is:
This is plate XXXVI from Divina Proportione.
Divina Proportione has only recently been scanned by Archive.org.
The woodcut is said to be after a design by Leonardo da Vinci.
Below the drawing is the text “Vigintisex basium planum vacuum” (twenty-six open faces).
I’ve posted it before.
Next to the engraving (top to bottom) is something which ends in “epipedon cenon” (that is certain) and appears to be “icosidodecahedron” (this is uncertain).
Just imagine what Ubu’s “false portrait” might look like!
This is the only room in that house which is not in the minimalistic De Stijl style. Photo by Dutch artist Paul Citroen.