Waterbirds 'Rocknillis; Melampus & 'Fysterlin; Hypoleucos.
Gesner, Conrad, 1516-1565
Woodcuts on FINE FOLIO LEAF, recto and verso.
Leaf size: 23.5 x 37.6 cm
ORIGINAL from 1557.
The Historiae animalium ("Histories of the Animals") published at Zurich was an encyclopaedic work of "an inventory of renaissance zoology" by Conrad Gesner, a doctor and professor at the Carolinum, the precursor of the University of Zurich. It is the first modern zoological work that attempts to describe all the animals known, and the first bibliography of natural history writings.
Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) - Waterbirds - 2 hand coloured woodcuts - From First Folio Edition - 1557
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