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De Rerum Fossilivm, Lapidvm et Gemmarvm maximè, figuris & similitudinibus Liber: non solùm Medicis, sed omnibus rerum Naturae ac Philologiae studiosis, vtilis & iucundus futurus.
- Zurich, (I. Gesnerus), 1565. 8vo (160 x 100mm). Leaves (7), 169, with printer's device on first and last leaf and numerous (some 180) woodcut illustrations. Early 20th century half vellum, marbled sides, lettering on spine. Gessner's main contribution on fossils and gems. It forms the only part written by Gessner of his 'De omni rerum fossilium genere.' Zurich 1565. 'A compendium of works by several authors on fossils, gems and metals, on most of which Gessner wrote commentaries. His own contribution (the present work) is a treatise on fossils and gemstones. Each part (except the first one) has its own title page.' (Wellisch, A 63). The 'De omni rerum fossilium' consists of eight parts of which the last part written by Gessner is his most important contibution to fossils and mineralogy. Wellisch writes about it as follows: 'Gessner's main contribution to his work on fossils and gems, illustrated by many woodcuts after his own drawings and water colours (many of which are still preserved in the university library at Basel). These are the first printed illustrations of fossils. The work contains also descriptions of technical applications; noteworthy among these is the earliest illustration of lead pencil (leaves 104 and 105). In his introduction, Gessner indicates that he considers this only as an outline for a much larger and comprehensive work on fossils which he hoped to compile and publish after the completion of his botanical encyclopedia on which he was then working. Neither of these planned works materialized because Gessner died shortly after the publication of this work'.Some slight browning, however a very good copy.A copy of Gessners 'De omni rerum fossilium' recently fetched $ 87,000 at auction in New York.Wellisch, Conrad Gessner, a bio-bibliography, A 63; Hoover 347; Sinkankas 2366 (showing the titlepage of the present work on page 382).
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