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1557 Conrad GESNER Birds: “Weben” 1st Edn Folio leaf - woodcut

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Gesner, Conrad, 1516-1565 


Zürich, 1557. 

Leaf size: 23.5 x 37.6 cm 

ORIGINAL from 1563. 

Issued in: 


Frankfurt 1563. 

Hand coloured.

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. 

Condition: Very good. On ribbed paper.