Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium (Zürich, ). Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium (Studies on Animals) is considered to be the first modern. For Gessner’s Historia animalium, I have particularly benefitted from the insights in Laurent Pinon, ‘Conrad Gessner and the Historical Depth of. Renaissance. Library has v. only. Library’s v. 1 has hand-colored ill. prepared as a presentation copy for Gesner who has signed the title page inscription.
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The rest – the first volume to the fourth volume – were all published during Gesner’s lifetime, between and Essays in Interpretation.
The book has five volumes in total; the first voulme on four-footed beasts, geesner second volume on egg-laying quadrupeds, the third volume on birds, the fourth on aquatic animals, and the last volume that was published after Gesner death on serpents. William Jaggard There was extreme religious tension at the time Historia animalium came out. Topsell, Edward,; Gessner, Konrad; et al.
Library Company of Phil, Steven He then adds his own observations, and those of his correspondents, in an attempt to formulate a comprehensive description of the natural history of animals.
His book was the first to present fossil illustrations so students may more easily recognize objects that cannot be very clearly described in words. University of Illinois Press.
Under Pope Paul IV it was felt that the religious convictions of an author contaminated all his writings,  and as Gessner was a Protestantit was added to the Catholic Church’s list of prohibited books. It was more than 4, pages long, divided into four volumes covering, respectively, four-footed animals, amphibians, birds, and fishes and other aquatic animals.
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The colored woodcut illustrations were the first real attempts to represent animals in their natural environment. Conrsd generously illustrated work was so popular that Gessner’s abridgement, Thierbuch “Animal Book”was published in Zurich inand in England Edward Topsell translated and condensed it as a Historie of foure-footed beastes London: Conrad Gessner’s “Historia Animalium”: It described in detail their daily habits and movements.
Historia animalium “History of the Animals”published at Zurich in —58 andis an encyclopedic “inventory of renaissance zoology” by Conrad Gessner — Views Read Edit View history.
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Historia animalium showed the animals’ places in historyliterature and art. After his study of nature and medicine, and after collected books and botanical, zoological specimens, he studied and investigated nature and science. An Inventory of Renaissance Zoology.
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Huxley, Robert; et al. It is compiled from ancient and medieval texts, including the inherited knowledge of ancient naturalists like AristotlePliny the Elder and Aelian. Historiae Animalium was his masterwork, published between and A Celebration of Philadelphia Libraries: Gesndr also included their uses in medicine and nutrition.
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