Etching and engraving, with large margins. Plate 127 x 89mm. 5 x 3½".
Conrad Gessner (1516-1565) was a Swiss naturalist and bibliographer. His five volume 'Historiae animalium' is considered the beginning of modern zoology. In 1540-1541 he took his degree of doctor in medicine at Basel and then settled at Zürich where he obtained the post of lecturer of physics at the Carolinum, the precursor of the University of Zürich. As a protestant, and due to his 'Historiae animalium' being published during a period of extreme religious tension, Pope Paul IV added the book the Roman Catholic Church's list of prohibited books.
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