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 Historia animalium was Gessner’s magnum opusand was the most widely read of all the Renaissance natural histories.
Topsell, Edward,; Gessner, Konrad; et al. It included Biblical and classical sources, referenced both Pliny and Physiologus, as well as folklore and earlier bestiaries. Science and the Secrets of Nature: Views Read Edit View history. Historia animalium libri I-IV. The history of four-footed beasts and serpents and insects. He likely used other illustrators as well as himself;  histofiae book is however famous for copying illustrations from other sources, including Durer’s Rhinoceros from a well-known woodcut.
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. An Inventory of Renaissance Zoology. 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.
Natural History in Renaissance Europe.
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 “History of the Animals”published at Zurich in —58 andis an encyclopedic “inventory of renaissance zoology” by Conrad Gessner — University of Chicago Press. University of Illinois Press. Daston, Lorraine ; et al. Essays in Historoae. Gessner, Conrad ; et al. Born in Zurich, Switzerland,Conrad Gesner was not a son of a wealthy family.
Retrieved 26 September Retrieved 29 November The five volumes of natural history of animals cover more than pages. After his study of nature and medicine, geser after collected books and botanical, zoological specimens, he studied and investigated nature and science.
His book was the first to present fossil illustrations cconrad students may more easily recognize objects that cannot be very clearly described in words. It also included their uses in medicine and nutrition. There was extreme religious tension at the time Historia animalium came out.
He was particularly enthusiastic about plant life and fossils, and eventually published 72 works, but was always planning for bigger and better works. Gesner was a special child, extremely gifted in learning classical languages. Gessner’s work included facts in different languages such as the names of the animals. The Science of Describing: The colored woodcut illustrations were the first real attempts to represent animals in their natural environment.
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Jardine, Secord; et al. When he died of the plague inhe left behind mountains of specimens and unfinished works.
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. It described in detail their daily habits and movements.
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The rest – the first volume to the fourth volume – were all published during Gesner’s lifetime, between and The work included extensive information on mammalsbirdsfishand reptiles. Gessner acknowledges one of his main illustrators was Lucas Schanhistorjae an artist from Strasbourg. Stephen Jay Gould W.
Sections of each chapter detailed the hitoriae and its attributes, in the tradition of the emblem book. His study anijalium classical laugnage continued more than 10 years until he started studying medicine during his free time, day and night.
Wonders and the Order of Nature, 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: Huxley, Robert; et al. Library Company of Phil, Steven William Jaggard ,