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 on aquatic animals, and the last volume that was published after Gesner death on serpents.

Gessner’s work included facts in different languages such as the names of the animals. 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. Stephen Jay Gould W. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Conrad Gessner’s ‘Historia animalium’: Retrieved 26 September As gistoriae student he had studied classics and language, but afterwards he began traveling and observing the diversity of the natural world.

Most importantly, he was concerned with precise identification. The Meaning of Fossils.

After his study of nature and medicine, and after collected books and botanical, zoological specimens, he studied and investigated nature and science.

Daston, Lorraine ; et al. It described in detail animaloum daily habits and movements. Essays in Interpretation. The colored hiatoriae illustrations were the first animaliuum attempts to represent animals in their natural environment. The work included extensive information on mammalsbirdsfishand reptiles. Sections of each chapter detailed the animal and its attributes, in the tradition of the emblem book.


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.

History of science Philosophy of biology Teleology Ethnobotany Eugenics History of the creation-evolution controversy Human Genome Project Humboldtian science Natural history Natural philosophy Natural theology Relationship between religion and science Timeline of biology and organic chemistry. Finally, Gesner attended university of Montpellier where he studied medicine, where he was able to graduate only a few months later. Historia animalium “History of the Animals”published at Zurich in —58 andis an encyclopedic “inventory of renaissance zoology” by Conrad Gessner — In his larger works Gessner sought to 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.

An Inventory of Renaissance Zoology. 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.

Topsell, Edward,; Gessner, Konrad; et al. Collection of scanned pages from volumes of Historaie Naturaiumsome colorized — National Library of Medicine.

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It also included their uses in medicine and nutrition. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is compiled from ancient and medieval texts, including the inherited knowledge of ancient naturalists like AristotlePliny the Elder[1] and Aelian. Retrieved 29 November The history of four-footed beasts and serpents and insects.

Views Read Edit View history. Gessner, Conrad ; et al. 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: He likely used other illustrators as well as himself; [3] the book is however famous for copying illustrations from other sources, including Durer’s Egsner from a well-known woodcut.


Historia animalium by Conrad Gessner

Gesner was, instead, raised by his great-uncle because of economic hardship tesner his own family, which, however, might have brought up his interest in natural study, as his great-uncle Frick was passionate about botany.

Wonders and the Order of Nature, His study of classical laugnage continued more than 10 years until he started studying medicine during his free time, day and night. It included Biblical and classical sources, referenced both Pliny and Physiologus, as well as folklore and animaliuj bestiaries. It has pages of list of his life events including each year.

Gmelig-Nijboer, Caroline Aleid Library Company of Phil, Steven There was extreme religious tension at the time Historia animalium came out.

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Retrieved from ” https: Natural History in Renaissance Europe. His book was the first to present fossil illustrations so students may more easily recognize objects that cannot be very clearly described in words.

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