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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Gessner’s work included facts in different languages such as the names of the animals. After his study of nature and medicine, and after collected books and botanical, zoological specimens, he studied and investigated nature and science.

Topsell, Edward,; Gessner, Konrad; et al. His book was the first to present fossil illustrations so students may more easily recognize objects that cannot historiaw very clearly described in words.

The five volumes of natural history of animals cover more than pages. He was particularly enthusiastic about plant life and fossils, and eventually published 72 works, but was always planning for bigger and better works. 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 hiistoriae Spontaneous generation. As a student he had studied classics and language, but afterwards he began traveling and observing the diversity of the natural world.


Historiae Animalium

Gessner, Conrad ; et al. His study of classical laugnage continued more than 10 years until he started studying medicine during his free time, day and night. Gessner acknowledges one of his main illustrators was Lucas Schan[8] an artist from Strasbourg. The Meaning of Fossils.

Conrad Gessner’s “Historia Animalium”: Finally, Gesner attended university of Montpellier where he studied medicine, where he was able to graduate only a few months later. Historia animalium showed the animals’ places in historyliterature and art.

Daston, Lorraine ; et al. Gesner was a special child, extremely gifted in learning classical languages. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 29 November Born in Zurich, Switzerland,Conrad Gesner was not a son of a wealthy family. There was extreme religious tension at the time Historia animalium came out.

Sections of each chapter detailed the animal and its attributes, in the tradition of the emblem book. University of Illinois Press. 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.

A Celebration of Philadelphia Libraries: This page was last edited on 8 Mayat Gesner was, instead, raised by his great-uncle because of economic hardship of his own family, which, however, might have brought up his interest amimalium natural study, as his great-uncle Frick was passionate about botany.

Natural History in Renaissance Europe.

Jardine, Secord; et al. Historiae Animalium anmialium his masterwork, published between and Wikimedia Commons has media related to Historiae Animalium. In his larger works Gessner sought gwsner distinguish fact from myth and popular misconceptions, [4] 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.


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: It described in detail their daily habits and movements.

Historia animalium (Gessner) – Wikipedia

Retrieved from ” https: Historia animalium libri I-IV. The Science of Describing: When he died of the plague inhe left behind mountains of specimens and unfinished works.

University of Chicago Press. Gmelig-Nijboer, Caroline Historias William Jaggard Retrieved 26 September An Inventory of Renaissance Zoology.

Trinity College – Conrad Gesner’s Animals

Cultures of Natural History. The Historia animalium was Gessner’s magnum opusand was the most widely read of all the Renaissance natural histories. Essays in Interpretation. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.