Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) - Folio leaf with 2 large hand coloured woodcuts of Birds of Paradise - Ornithology

Description
Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) - Folio leaf with 2 large hand coloured woodcuts of Birds of Paradise - Ornithology
Woodcut print - Not signed - 1669

Conrad Gesner (1516-1565)

Woodcuts on fine folio leaf to recto and verso.

Recent hand colour.

Leaf size: 20.3 x 34.4 cm

Issued in:

Allgemeines Thier-Buch: "Eigentliche und lebendige Abbildung Aller vierfüssigen / So wohl zahmer als wilder Thieren/ welche in allen vier Theilen der Welt /auff dem Erdboden /und in etlichen Wassern zu finden: Sampt einer außführlichen..."

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.

Overall good condition. Lightest of age toning commensurate with age.

Lot details
Object
Print
Artist
Conrad Gesner (1516-1565)
Title of artwork
Folio leaf with 2 large hand coloured woodcuts of Birds of Paradise - Ornithology
Period
Pre-1800
Year
1669
Technique
Woodcut print
Signature
Not signed
Edition
First State thus
Condition
Good condition
Total dimensions
34.4×20.3×0 cm
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