53–88, https://archive.org/stream/bibpapers9a10bibluoft#page/56/mode/2up. Read the latest updates on our conservation. But, undoubtedly it is Gessner’s Historiae animalium (History of Animals) that is considered his magnum opus. Gessner’s work aimed to describe all of the animals that were known at the time, even though he would not have seen the majority of them in the flesh. Historiae animalium was published in four volumes between 1551-1558, with a fifth volume published posthumously in 1587.  The first two volumes describe mammals, the third birds, the fourth aquatic mammals, and the posthumous fifth concerns serpents. The complete work includes a fifth volume: Lib. An inspired, informed and empowered community of people work, study and volunteer together at ZSL. His work is a benchmark in natural history studies. Et II. By: Gessner, Conrad, - Cambier, Robert, - Wechel, Johann, Edition: Nunc denuo recognitus ac pluribus in locis / ab ipso authore ante obitum emendatus & auctus, atq[ue] aliquot nouis iconibus & descriptionibus locupletatus, ac denique breuibus in margine annotationibus illustratus ; adiecti … V. Qui est de serpentium natura ex variis schedis et collectaneis ejusdem compositus per J. Carroum ... Tiguri, 1587. His five-volume Historiae animalium (1551–1558) is considered the beginning of modern zoology, and the flowering plant genus Gesneria … Gessner compiled monumental works on bibliography and zoology and was working on a major botanical text at the time of his death from plague at the age of 49. In 1537, he was appointed professor of Greek at the Academy in Lausanne. Kusukawa, S. (2007) Konrad Gessner: the beginnings of modern zoology (1516-1565). View Volume. He is regarded as the father of modern scientific bibliography, zoology and … ZSL Library holds 4 of the 5 original Gessner volumes of Historiae animalium, plus a later abridged version from 1560. Historia animalium “History of the Animals”published at Zurich in —58 andis an encyclopedic “inventory of renaissance zoology” by Hisoriae Gessner — Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library. Each animal has a woodcut to illustrate it, with a thorough description broken down in to eight topics. Hear from the team about our projects to protect the environments in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). Identifying disease threats to wildlife and understanding... Covid-19 most likely originated in a species of bat before... http://www.zsl.org/about-us/zsl-library-collection, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. As 3rd March is World Book Day, Gessner’s book is particularly appropriate to highlight as he attempted to describe all the known animals (and some unknown) of the world. In: Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 10: pp. He was well known as a botanist, physician and classical linguist. If you would like to consult any of these works in person, please contact the Library to make an appointment as they form part of our ‘special collections’  http://www.zsl.org/about-us/zsl-library-collection. Editio secunda Zurich : Christoph I Froschauer 1560 BnF : FRBNF30502454. Conrad Gesner settled in Zurich in 1541, where he practiced medicine. Find out more about face masks, the ‘rule of six’ and how we are making your visit safe here. These are some of the oldest volumes in ZSL Library. Every month, one of the pieces held in ZSL’s Library and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will feature here as Artefact of the Month. These topics included, among others, all the known names of the animal in living and dead languages, the animal’s physical description, geographical range, uses in medicine, and even any mentions in history and literature.  Before Gessner, descriptions of animals were mostly in list format with only the more interesting, or useful, animals being given more thorough treatment. LC copy imperfect: v. 2 wanting 27 p. at end. Conrad Gessner was a Swiss physician, naturalist, bibliographer, and philologist. Copy-specific information: USTC : 664937 , 74932 . Conrad Gessner 1516-1565. The Swiss physician, natural scientist, and polymath Conrad Gessner was the founder of modern zoology, charted new directions in botany, and published the most lavishly illustrated book on minerals and fossils of the 16th century. Gessner compiled monumental works on bibliography (Bibliotheca universalis 1545–1549) and zoology (Historia animalium Conrad Gessner (1516-1565), surnommé "le Pline de l'Allemagne" eut pour passion sa vie durant de réunir et de coordonner les matériaux de son grand ouvrage sur l'Histoire naturelle, quadrupèdes, oiseaux, poissons, plantes, fossiles et minéraux. “Conrad Gessner is one of the most important scientists in Switzerland; he is the father of zoology, and also of bibliography. Retrieved 26 September Gessner, Conrad ; et al. He was well known as a botanist, physician and classical linguist. Date Scanned: 09/26/2013. ZSL works across Asia, from the famous national parks of Nepal to marine protected areas in the Philippines. For guided tours please contact us. His magnum opus, however, was the Historia animalium ("Accounts of Animals"), published at Zürich in 1551–1558, a 4,500-page encyclopedia of animals, now regarded as the starting point of modern zoology.It was also the first printed work to include illustrations of fossils. Print. Gessner was born in Zurich in 1516 to the furrier Ursus Gessner and his wife Agnes Frick. So much so, that he was awarded a scholarship to study in Bourges University in France, in 1533. Rondeletius. Gessner, Conrad].  The images on this page are all taken from these books, but many more curious examples of animals can be found in the volumes. Bay, J. C. (1916) Konrad Gessner (1516–1565), the Father of Bibliography : an appreciation. Gessner called upon the literature of early naturalists such as Pliny and Aristotle for many descriptions, and significantly he tried to gather as much physical evidence as he could by using traveller’s descriptions and specimens. For generations, the book was the foundation of animal science on the long road to modern zoology. He attended the Carolinum in Zurich and later moved to the Fraumunster seminary. Meppel: S.n., 1977. Conrad Gesner studied classical languages and theology in Strasbourg and as of 1533 studied medicine in Bourges, Paris, and Montpellier. He was frequently the first to describe a species of plant or animal in Europe, such as the tulip in 1559. Please give what you can. The Great Naturalists. Gessner compiled monumental works on bibliography (Bibliotheca universalis 1545–1549) and zoology (Historia animalium 1551–1558) and was working on a major botanical text at the time of his death from plague at the age of 49. - Fischer, Hans. He was frequently the first to describe a species of plant or animal in Europe, such as the tulip in 1559. This March we will be celebrating the 500th birthday of the Swiss naturalist (born 26 March 1516), Konrad Gessner (or Conrad Gesner), and his key role in the beginnings of modern zoology. London: Thames & Hudson pp. LAC scc 2018-12-07 update (1 card) The five-hundredth and first anniversary of Conrad Gessner’s (1516-1565) birth was celebrated this year, with the Biodiversity Heritage Library hosting a webinar on the Smithsonian’s Rare Book Library’s collection of Gessner works. Beaulieux, 1904 : p.388 . Todestag, den 13. A number of plants and animals have been named after him. To his contemporaries, he was best known as a botanist, and indeed … Stück von der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich zur Erinnerung an den 400. One source called this perhaps the best exposition of Gesner as zoologist. Dezember 1965, des großen Zürcher Naturforschers, Universalhistorikers und Arztes Conrad Gessner herausgegeben). A physician whose life was plagued by poverty and chronic ill health, Conrad Gessner nevertheless managed to make important contributions to botany, zoology, bibliography and philology. He studied classical languages, appearing in a play when he was only 15. He was a prolific writer, publishing 72 books, many of them compilations of contemporary knowledge in a number of different fields. Conrad Gessner was born in Zurich, Switzerland back in 1516 Ursus, sorry no mention of the mother. A day in Discovery and Learning at ZSL is never dull! 71-75. Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. Robert Lauterborn, "Konrad Gessner und die Tierkunde," in Der Rhein, (Freiburg, 1930), 1, 136-8. In 1545, Gessner published his book The Universal Bibliography, in which he sought to record all of the titles of books that had ever been written since antiquity. He is regarded as the father of modern scientific bibliography, zoology and botany. Our people are our greatest asset and we realise our vision for a world where wildlife thrives through their ideas, skills and passion. It is an enormous effort that covered the zoological information known until that century. The team tell us all about the exciting sessions for school children, as well as work further afield. ), Zoology in Early Modern Culture. Although the book took Gessner just four years to complete, it was a major accomplishment, and was widely praised for its comprehensive coverage. Conrad Gessner : biography 26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565 Conrad Gesner (Konrad Gesner, Conrad Geßner, Conrad von Gesner, Conradus Gesnerus, Conrad Gesner; 26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565) was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. Conrad Gessner's "Historia Animalium": An Inventory of Renaissance Zoology. His early life was one of poverty and hardship, however he showed early talents. 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