3 December 2010
GESNER, Conrad (1516-1565). Icones animalium quadrupedum viviparorum et oviparorum. Zurich: Froschauer, 1553.
2o (347 x 225 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title and 141 woodcut illustrations (many full-page). Contemporary calf-backed boards (some light worming and minor wear).
FIRST EDITION of Gesner's Icones Animalium which is an extract of the woodcuts of Gesner's famous Historia Animalium published to show the beautiful woodcut illustrations without text. "They are very much more rare than the complete edition." According to Wood Gesner was "not only the best naturalist among the scholars of his day, but of all men of that century, the pattern man of letters." Adams G-543; Nissen ZBI 1551; Wood 1560.
[Bound after:] GESNER. Historia animalium liber II, de quadrupedibus oviparis. Zurich: Froschauer, 1554. 2o. Woodcut printer's device on title and 13 woodcut illustrations. (Two leaves torn, some light worming at beginning.) - Appendix historiae quadrupedum viviparorum et oviparorum. Zurich: Froschauer, 1554. 2o. Woodcut printer's device on title and 28 woodcut illustrations. Adams G-533; Nissen ZBI 1550.
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