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 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 animzlium aquatic animals, and the last volume that was published after Gesner death on serpents. When he died of the plague inhe left behind mountains of specimens and unfinished works.

The Meaning of Fossils. Born in Zurich, linguist, naturalist, and botanist Conrad Gesner spelled variously in different locations hitsoriae publications, often Konrad Gesner or Conrad Gessner dedicated his time to amassing an enormous library and collecting information on the natural world.

Wonders and the Order of Nature, Views Read Edit View history. 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. Daston, Lorraine ; et al.

The work included extensive information on mammalsbirdsfishand reptiles. An Inventory of Renaissance Zoology. It is compiled from ancient and medieval texts, including the inherited knowledge of ancient naturalists like AristotlePliny the Elder[1] and Aelian. It was more than 4, pages long, divided into four volumes covering, respectively, four-footed animals, amphibians, birds, conrqd fishes and other aquatic animals.

The purpose of the book is defined in several books and gedner as an encyclopedia as Gesner himself purports itthough the specific source of my knowledge of it came from Acheson’s article. It has pages of list of his life events including each year. It described in detail their daily habits and movements. Gesner’s purpose was to present as much information and knowledge as possible geser 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.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Gessner’s work included facts in different languages such as the names of the animals.

Historia animalium “History of the Animals” animaloum, published at Zurich in —58 andis an encyclopedic “inventory of renaissance zoology” by Conrad Gessner — The Historia animalium was Gessner’s magnum opusand was the most widely read of all the Renaissance natural histories.

The history of geser beasts and serpents and insects.

Hixtoriae, Robert; et al. A Celebration of Philadelphia Libraries: Gessner, Conrad ; et al. The generously illustrated work was so popular that Gessner’s abridgement, Thierbuch animaliuk Book”was published in Zurich inand in England Edward Topsell translated and condensed it as a Historie of foure-footed beastes London: University of Chicago Press. Science and the Secrets of Nature: Born in Zurich, Switzerland,Conrad Gesner was not a son of a wealthy family. Most importantly, he was concerned with precise identification.

Jardine, Secord; et al. The five volumes of natural history of animals cover more than pages. Topsell, Edward,; Gessner, Konrad; et al. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Germ theory of disease Central dogma of molecular biology Darwinism Great chain of being Hierarchy of life Lamarckism One gene—one enzyme hypothesis Protocell RNA world hypothesis Sequence hypothesis Spontaneous generation. The Historia animalium is the first modern zoological work that attempts to describe all the animals known, and the first bibliography of natural history writings.

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Finally, Gesner attended university of Montpellier where he studied medicine, where he was able to graduate only a few months later. There was extreme religious tension at the time Historia animalium came out.

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His book was the first to present fossil illustrations so students may more easily recognize objects that cannot be very clearly described in words. Historia animalium showed the animals’ places in history corad, literature and art. He then adds his own observations, and those of his correspondents, in an attempt to formulate a comprehensive description of the natural conrqd of animals. Library Company of Phil, Steven 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 animaliim.

Natural History in Renaissance Europe. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. As a student he had studied classics and language, but afterwards he began traveling and observing the diversity of the natural world. Gessner acknowledges one of his main illustrators was Lucas Schan[8] an artist from Strasbourg.

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Historia animalium libri I-IV. It included Biblical and classical sources, referenced both Pliny and Physiologus, as well as folklore and earlier bestiaries. Cultures of Natural History. Gmelig-Nijboer, Caroline Aleid William Jaggard The rest – the first volume to the fourth volume – were all published during Gesner’s lifetime, between and Retrieved 26 September