Historia animalium "History of the Animals" , published at Zurich in —58 and , is an encyclopedic "inventory of renaissance zoology" by Conrad Gessner — 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. The five volumes of natural history of animals cover more than pages. The Historia animalium was Gessner's magnum opus , and was the most widely read of all the Renaissance natural histories.
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Born in Zurich, linguist, naturalist, and botanist Conrad Gesner spelled variously in different locations and publications, often Konrad Gesner or Conrad Gessner dedicated his time to amassing an enormous library and collecting information on the natural world.
As a student he had studied classics and language, but afterwards he began traveling and observing the diversity of the natural world. He was particularly enthusiastic about plant life and fossils, and eventually published 72 works, but was always planning for bigger and better works. When he died of the plague in , he left behind mountains of specimens and unfinished works. Historiae Animalium was his masterwork, published 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.
It included Biblical and classical sources, referenced both Pliny and Physiologus, as well as folklore and earlier bestiaries. 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.
Collection of scanned pages from volumes of Historaie Naturaium , some colorized — National Library of Medicine. Volume I.
Volume II. Volume IV. Physica Curiosa.
Historiae Animalium by Conrad Gesner
For a better experience, click the icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites. The Ewell Sale Stewart Library and Archives holds nearly , printed volumes ranging from the latest issues of scientific journals to a remarkable collection of rare books that detail significant developments in the field of natural history. This five-volume masterwork, which contains more than 4, pages, was published in Switzerland between and and is widely considered to be the first comprehensive scientific treatment of animals since the time of Ancient Rome. Like many of his contemporaries, Gesner relied heavily on ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Roman sources, but unlike them, he attempted to verify these accounts with direct observation and—where possible—provide illustrations drawn from life.
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Born in Zurich, Switzerland, , Conrad Gesner was not a son of a wealthy family. 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. Gesner was a special child, extremely gifted in learning classical languages. 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. His study of classical laugnage continued more than 10 years until he started studying medicine during his free time, day and night. Finally, Gesner attended university of Montpellier where he studied medicine, where he was able to graduate only a few months later.