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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It also included their uses in medicine and nutrition. Stephen Jay Gould Gesnet. German books German encyclopedias Encyclopedias of science Zoology books books books books books books s in science s in science in science in science 16th century in science 16th-century encyclopedias 16th-century Latin books. The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy. Conrad Gessner’s “Historia Animalium”: The colored woodcut illustrations were the first real attempts to represent animals in their natural environment.

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Retrieved 26 September Gessner’s work included facts in different languages such as the names of the animals. It is the first book to illustrate fossils. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Historiae Animalium. The 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: Science and the Secrets of Nature: Library Company of Phil, Steven Conrwd included Biblical and classical sources, referenced both Pliny and Physiologus, as well as folklore and earlier bestiaries.


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The Science of Describing: Historiae Animalium was his masterwork, published between and The book has five volumes in total; the first voulme on four-footed beasts, the 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 wnimalium serpents. Collection of scanned pages from volumes of Historaie Naturaiumsome colorized — National Library of Medicine.

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Gesner was, instead, raised by his great-uncle because of economic hardship of his own family, which, however, might have brought up his interest in natural study, as his great-uncle Frick was passionate about botany. Gesner was a special child, extremely gifted in learning classical languages. It was more than 4, pages long, divided into four volumes covering, respectively, four-footed animals, amphibians, birds, and fishes and other aquatic animals. Historia animalium showed the animals’ places in historyliterature and art.

He was particularly enthusiastic about plant life and fossils, and eventually published 72 works, but was always planning for bigger and better works.

Sections of each chapter detailed the animal and its attributes, in the tradition of the emblem book. Born in Zurich, linguist, naturalist, and botanist Conrad Gesner spelled variously in different locations and publications, often Konrad Gesner or Conrad Gessner dedicated his time to amassing an enormous library and collecting information on the natural world.

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Born in Zurich, Switzerland,Conrad Gesner was not a son of a wealthy family. Wonders and the Order of Nature, As a student he had studied tesner and language, but afterwards he began traveling and observing the diversity of the natural world.


Views Read Edit View history. An Inventory of Renaissance Zoology. After his study of nature and medicine, and after collected books and botanical, zoological specimens, he studied and investigated nature and science.

corad The purpose of the book is defined in several books and articles as an encyclopedia as Gesner himself purports itthough the specific source of my knowledge snimalium it came from Acheson’s article.

His book was the first to present fossil illustrations so students may more easily recognize objects that cannot be very clearly described in words.

It xnimalium compiled from ancient and medieval texts, including the inherited knowledge of ancient naturalists like AristotlePliny the Elder[1] and Aelian.

His study of classical laugnage continued more than 10 years until he started studying medicine during his free time, day and night. Gmelig-Nijboer, Caroline Aleid When he died of the plague inhe left behind mountains of specimens and unfinished works.

The history of four-footed beasts and serpents and insects. The Historia animalium was Gessner’s magnum opusand was the most widely read of all the Renaissance natural histories. University of Chicago Press. Natural History in Renaissance Europe. University of Illinois Press.

Daston, Lorraine ; et al. It has pages of list of his life events including each year. He likely used other illustrators as well as himself; [3] the book is however famous for copying illustrations from other sources, including Durer’s Rhinoceros from a well-known woodcut.

Gessner acknowledges one of his main illustrators was Lucas Schan[8] an artist from Strasbourg.