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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Essays in Interpretation. His book was histotiae first to present fossil illustrations so students may more easily recognize objects that cannot be very clearly described in words. University of Illinois Press.

Historiae Animalium

Views Read Edit View history. He attended a shool where classical languages were taught, and later on to a school of theological study, which have been a basis of historiea grand work Historiae Animalium. The history of four-footed beasts and serpents and insects. Historiae Animalium was his masterwork, published between and In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

The Historia animalium was Gessner’s magnum opusand was the most widely hitsoriae of all the Renaissance natural histories. In his larger works Gessner sought to distinguish fact from myth and popular misconceptions, [4] and so his encyclopedic work included both extinct creatures and newly discovered animals of the East Indies conrxd, those of the far north and animals brought back from the New World. 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.

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Historia animalium showed the animals’ places in historyliterature and art. University of Chicago Press. 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 on serpents.


Retrieved 29 November Under Pope Paul IV it was felt that the religious convictions of an author contaminated all his writings, [9] and as Gessner was a Protestantit was added to the Catholic Church’s list of prohibited books.

Historia animalium by Conrad Gessner

Most importantly, he was concerned with precise identification. Gmelig-Nijboer, Caroline Aleid The Science of Describing: Gesner’s purpose was to present as much information and knowledge as possible in the book so that it could function as an encylopedia that people would look up to consult, instead of being something that would be read from the beginning to the end.

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

Collection of scanned pages from volumes of Historaie Naturaiumsome colorized — National Library of Medicine. He then adds his own observations, and those of his correspondents, in an attempt to formulate a comprehensive description of the natural history historiqe animals.

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

Sections of each chapter detailed the animal and its attributes, animaliun the tradition of the emblem book. The five volumes of natural history of animals cover more than pages.

The rest – the first volume to the fourth volume – were all published during Gesner’s lifetime, between and Wonders and the Order of Nature, A Celebration of Philadelphia Libraries: Retrieved from ” https: As a student he had studied classics and language, but afterwards he began traveling and observing the diversity of the natural world. Topsell, Edward,; Gessner, Konrad; et al.

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: His study of classical laugnage continued more than 10 years until he started studying medicine during his free time, day and night.


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The work included extensive information on mammalsbirdsfishand reptiles.

Jardine, Secord; et al. Daston, Lorraine ; et al. It was more than 4, pages long, divided into four volumes covering, respectively, four-footed animals, amphibians, birds, and fishes and other aquatic animals.

Library Company of Phil, Steven This page was last edited on geesner Mayat Stephen Jay Gould W. Historia animalium “History of the Animals”published at Zurich in —58 andis an encyclopedic “inventory of renaissance zoology” by Conrad Gessner — Gesner was a historia child, extremely gifted in learning classical languages. It has pages of list of his life events including each year. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Although monsters are not all not confined to Book IV, the fourth book dedicated to creatures of the sea includes many wonderful scenes of sea serpents and terrifying whale monsters attacking ships and sailors, including one of the most famous images from this work is animqlium woodcut of the Great Orm, a Scandinavian sea monster most likely copied from the Carta Marina of Olaus Magnus.

Cultures of Natural History.