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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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.
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Wonders and the Order of Nature, Finally, Gesner attended university of Montpellier where he studied medicine, where he was able to graduate only a few months later.
Natural History in Renaissance Europe. Views Read Edit View history. There was extreme religious tension at the time Historia animalium came out. It also included their uses hesner medicine and nutrition. Gessner aniamlium one of his main illustrators was Lucas Schan an artist from Strasbourg.
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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 on aquatic animals, and the last volume that was published after Gesner death on serpents. Born in Zurich, Switzerland,Conrad Gesner was abimalium a son of a wealthy family. Gmelig-Nijboer, Caroline Aleid Daston, Lorraine ; et al.
Topsell, Edward,; Gessner, Konrad; et al. 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.
The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy. The Historia animalium was Gessner’s magnum opusand was the most widely read of all the Renaissance natural histories.
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. The Gesber of Describing: 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 his woodcut of the Great Orm, a Scandinavian sea monster most likely copied from the Carta Marina of Olaus Magnus.
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In his larger works Gessner sought to distinguish gsener from myth and popular misconceptions,  and so his encyclopedic work included both extinct creatures and newly discovered animals of the East Indiesthose of the far north and animals brought back from the New World. Historiae Animalium was his masterwork, published between and Conrad Gessner’s ‘Historia animalium’: It included Biblical and classical sources, referenced both Pliny and Physiologus, as well as folklore and earlier bestiaries.
The history of four-footed beasts and serpents and insects. Gesnrr Inventory of Renaissance Zoology.
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 conrac Latin books. When he anikalium of the plague inhe left behind mountains of specimens and unfinished works. University of Chicago Press.
University of Illinois Press. As a student he had studied classics and language, but afterwards he began traveling and observing the diversity of the natural world. This page was last edited on 8 Mayat The purpose of the book is defined in several books and articles as an encyclopedia as Gesner himself purports itthough the specific hisotriae of my knowledge of it came from Acheson’s article.
Gesner was a special child, extremely gifted in learning classical languages. His book was the first to present fossil illustrations so students may more easily recognize objects that cannot be very clearly described in words.
Gesner’s purpose was to present as much information and conrda 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.
The work included extensive information on mammalsbirdsfishand reptiles. Historia animalium libri I-IV. Cultures of Natural History. Essays in Interpretation. After his study of nature and medicine, and after collected books and botanical, zoological specimens, he studied and investigated nature and science.
The rest – the first volume to the fourth volume – were all published during Gesner’s comrad, between and 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.
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. It is compiled from ancient and medieval texts, including the inherited knowledge of ancient naturalists like AristotlePliny the Elder and Aelian.
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. A Celebration of Philadelphia Libraries: It was more than 4, pages long, divided into four volumes covering, respectively, four-footed animals, amphibians, birds, and fishes and other aquatic animals.
Retrieved 26 September Gessner, Conrad ; et al. Historia animalium “History of the Animals”published at Zurich in —58 andis an encyclopedic “inventory of renaissance zoology” by Hisoriae Gessner —