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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Born in Zurich, linguist, naturalist, and botanist Conrad Gesner spelled variously in different locations and publications, often Hiztoriae Gesner or Conrad Gessner dedicated his time to amassing an enormous library and collecting information on the natural world.
Gesnerr 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. Natural History in Renaissance Europe. Historiae Animalium was his masterwork, published between and 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.
He was particularly enthusiastic about plant life and fossils, and eventually published 72 works, but was always planning for bigger and better works. Huxley, Robert; et al. Library Company of Phil, Steven Cultures of Natural History. The colored woodcut illustrations were the first real attempts to represent animals in their natural environment. Jardine, Secord; et al.
Science and the Secrets of Nature: It described in detail their daily habits and movements. Historia animalium “History of the Ani,aliumpublished at Zurich in —58 andis an encyclopedic “inventory of renaissance zoology” by Conrad Gessner — He likely used other illustrators as well as himself;  the book is however famous for copying illustrations from other sources, including Durer’s Rhinoceros from a well-known woodcut.
Gmelig-Nijboer, Caroline Aleid There was extreme religious tension at the time Historia animalium came animaalium. German books German encyclopedias Encyclopedias of science Zoology books books books books books books s in conrxd s in science in science in science 16th century in science 16th-century encyclopedias 16th-century Latin books. The five volumes of natural history of animals cover more than pages.
University of Illinois Press. The rest – the first volume to the fourth volume – were all published during Gesner’s lifetime, between and It was more than 4, pages long, divided into four volumes covering, respectively, four-footed animals, amphibians, birds, and fishes and other aquatic animals. As a student he had studied classics and language, anjmalium afterwards he began ahimalium and observing the diversity of the natural world.
Retrieved from ” https: Most importantly, he was concerned with precise identification. When he died of the plague inhe left behind mountains of specimens and unfinished works.
Gessner’s work included facts in different languages such as the names of the animals. Retrieved 29 November Topsell, Edward,; Gessner, Konrad; et al.
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 of it came from Acheson’s article. The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy. Views Read Edit View history.
William Jaggard He attended a shool where classical languages were taught, and later on to a school of theological study, which have been a basis of his grand work Historiae Animalium. Gesner was a special child, extremely gifted in learning classical languages.
Historia animalium libri I-IV. It has pages of list of his life events including each year.
An Inventory of Renaissance Zoology. The work included extensive information on mammalsbirdsfishand reptiles.
Conrad Gessner’s ‘Historia animalium’: This page was last edited on 8 Mayat The Science of Describing: After his study of nature and medicine, and after collected books and botanical, zoological specimens, he studied and investigated nature and science.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Historiae Animalium. It also included their uses in medicine and nutrition. It is the first book to illustrate fossils.