Historiae Animalium by Conrad Gesner (1551-1587)

"Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium (Studies on Animals) is considered to be the first modern zoological work.  Building a bridge between ancient, medieval, and modern science, he chronicles data  from old sources, such as The Old Testament, Aristotle and medieval bestiaries, and adds his own observations, creating a new, comprehensive description of the Animal Kingdom.  In what is the first attempt by anyone to describe many of the animals accurately, the book is illustrated with hand-colored woodcuts drawn from personal observations by Gesner and his colleagues.”

(Source: archive.nlm.nih.gov)

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