|Dimensions||Image 175 x 245 mm|
A bold, sixteenth century, print of an elephant from the first volume of Conrad Gesner's "Historia Animalium", published in the same year the Indian elephant 'Solomon' travelled from Lisbon to Vienna.
Conrad Gesner (1516-1565), also known as Konrad Gessner, was a Swiss naturalist and physician. He is known for his "Historia Animalium", an ambitious work in which he compiled all the existing knowledge on animals, in several volumes, published between 1551 and 1556. The last volume, on serpents, was uncompleted by the time of his death and eventually published posthumously in 1587. Gesner claimed that all the illustrations were made either from life or based on reliable sources, but there are still a few mythological creatures to be found in his descriptions and plates.
Condition: Full sheet, with overall time toning and creasing. Old glue stains from tape, to edges of the sheet, not affecting image. Latin text throughout. Small illustration of a unicorn on verso.