Historiae Animalium Liber IV qui est de Piscium & Aquatilium Animantium natura cum iconibus singulorum ad viuum expressis ferè omnibus DCCXII. Editio secunda novis iconibus, necnon observationibus non paucis auctior, atque etiam multis in locis emendatior.
Francofvrti, in Bibliopolio Andreae Cambieri, 1604. Folio (365 x 245mm). pp. (40), 1052, 38, with 712 woodcuts in the text. Contemporary half vellum with boards (front cover lacks small part at the right lower corner).
Second Latin edition of Gessner's famous work on fishes, which as Cuvier pointed out, represents the beginning of modern zoology. The figures, almost all of remarkable accuracy and artistic merit, were by Hans Asper and John Thomas from Zurich and Lucas Schan from Strassburg. Small piece cut out of title page, partly very browned, some quires more affected than others. "The fourth book, published in 1558 (first edition) and entitled 'De piscium...', included much information about molluscs, illustrating with woodcuts many shells from the Mediterranean and the Indo-Pacific region for the first time. It cannot be regarded primarily as a conchological treatise but it deserves an honoured place among the books that advanced the study of Mollusca (Dance, P. Delights for the eyes and the mind, p. 6). This suite of woodcuts contains the first naturalistic representations of the animal kingdom, and effectively heralds the birth of zoological book illustration. They are the archetypes of much subsequent animal illustrations, even into the 18th century. Nissen ZBI, 1553; H.H. Wellisch, Conrad Gessner A 26,2.
Item nr. 10046
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