1560 ANIMALS Gessner Bestiary Giraffe Lions APES Monsters SATYR Illustrated RARE

GESSNER, Conrad

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Animals… Beasts!… Monsters!!!

 

Conrad Gessner was an iconic 16th-century scholar who is best remembered for his early treatises on animal science. While other 16th-century works of natural science existed in this era, few were written to expose the reality and existence of monsters! Gessner’s “Icones animalium quadrupedum”, part of his greater ‘Historia Animalium’, is one of the earliest and certainly the best 16th-century works describing mammals and four-legged reptiles.

 

This 1560 folio volume of Gessner’s ‘Four-Legged Animals’ is truly remarkable. It is utterly filled with countless illustrations of animals including buffalo, house cats, African deer, moose, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions and big cats, wolves, hippos, guenon (apes), otters, porcupines, rabbits, hedgehogs, lizards, frogs, and countess others.

 

However, the most bizarre inclusion in this work is a page of monsters, satyrs, and mythical creatures that, according to Gessner, were actually captured by a bishop of Salzburg in the forest!

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1560 ANIMALS Gessner Bestiary Giraffe Lions APES Monsters SATYR Illustrated RARE

 

Animals… Beasts!… Monsters!!!

 

Conrad Gessner was an iconic 16th-century scholar who is best remembered for his early treatises on animal science. While other 16th-century works of natural science existed in this era, few were written to expose the reality and existence of monsters! Gessner’s “Icones animalium quadrupedum”, part of his greater ‘Historia Animalium’, is one of the earliest and certainly the best 16th-century works describing mammals and four-legged reptiles.

 

This 1560 folio volume of Gessner’s ‘Four-Legged Animals’ is truly remarkable. It is utterly filled with countless illustrations of animals including buffalo, house cats, African deer, moose, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions and big cats, wolves, hippos, guenon (apes), otters, porcupines, rabbits, hedgehogs, lizards, frogs, and countess others.

 

However, the most bizarre inclusion in this work is a page of monsters, satyrs, and mythical creatures that, according to Gessner, were actually captured by a bishop of Salzburg in the forest!

 

Item number: #24952

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GESSNER, Conrad

 

Icones animalium quadrupedum viviparorum et oviparorum quae in historia animalium

 

Tigvri [Zurich]: Froschow, 1589. First German edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • 127, [9]
  • References: USTC 664936
  • Language: Latin
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Size: ~14.75in X 8.75in (37.5cm x 22cm)
  • Exceedingly rare, valuable, and desirable

 

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24952

Categories

Natural History

Medicine & Science

Authors

GESSNER, Conrad

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete