Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Conrad Gesner - Historiæ Animalium

This gallery contains all 416 pages from a giant collection of underwater lifeforms. Mixed in with the intricately detailed illustrations of fish and crabs are the odd creatures of legend and imagination. Click the links below to see some of the stranger illustrations.

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You'll notice many of the same illustrations shown below colorized in these books.

Topsell's "The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents"
Here is another collection of real life animal illustrations mixed with creatures of the imagination. Below is a selection of some of the stranger and fantastic beasts from the collection...

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And one of the oddest illustrations I've ever seen of a crocodile.

Both links found thanks to BibliOdyssey.

1 comment:

pk said...

Did you see this thread the other day at Metafilter? (including my ranting, heh.)