Based exclusively on his own observations: Leonhard Baldner's fascinatingly illustrated testimony to a life of carefully studying nature

Book on Fishes, Birds, and Mammals by Leonhard Baldner

Strasbourg (Germany) — 1666

Book on Fishes, Birds, and Mammals by Leonhard Baldner

Book on Fishes, Birds, and Mammals by Leonhard Baldner

Strasbourg (Germany) — 1666

  1. Leonhard Baldner (1612–94) was a fisherman, forest manager, and naturalist from Strasbourg

  2. Baldner is known for inter alia being the first to write on the migration and life cycle of the salmon

  3. The manuscript is remarkable for both its artistry and the quasi-modern zoological approach of the author

Book on Fishes, Birds, and Mammals by Leonhard Baldner

Alternative Titles:
  • Buch der Fische, Vögel und Säugetiere von Leonhard Baldner
Book on Fishes, Birds, and Mammals by Leonhard Baldner  – 2° Ms. phys. et hist. nat. – Universitätsbibliothek (Kassel, Germany)
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  2. Codicology

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The 17th century was an important epoch for the advance of science, and while this progress is most commonly associated with the fields of astronomy, mathematics, and physics, important advances in zoology were also being made. While medieval bestiaries blended actual observations of an animal’s features and behaviors with the moral/philosophical characteristics attributed to them, the work of people like Leonhard Baldner laid the foundation for modern zoology by taking a more systematic and empirical approach. This German-language manuscript from Strasbourg is a fine testament to the genesis of this new scientific epoch.

Book on Fishes, Birds, and Mammals by Leonhard Baldner

Leonhard Baldner (1612–94) was a fisherman, forest manager, and naturalist from Strasbourg known for his illustrated Book on Fishes, Birds, and Mammals. Six manuscripts of the work still exist, two dated to 1653 and the other four 1666, an example of which is presented here. The work is based entirely upon his own observations without using any other source material. It is written in German and divided into three parts: the first deals with birds, the second with fish and crustaceans, and the third with quadrupeds and other animals. To illustrate these observations, he hired an artist named Johann Georg Walther, another Strasbourg native about whom little is known. The manuscript is remarkable for both its artistry and the quasi-modern zoological approach of the author. Baldner was one of the first to use glass aquariums in order to study fish and is believed to be the first to write on the migration and life cycle of the salmon. His magnum opus stands as a testimony to a lifetime of carefully observing nature.

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Alternative Titles
Buch der Fische, Vögel und Säugetiere von Leonhard Baldner
Date
1666
Content
Pseudo-Apuleius Herbarius and illustrations about fishes, birds, and mammals

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Leonhard Baldner: Vogel-, Fisch- und Thierbuch 1666
Book on Fishes, Birds, and Mammals by Leonhard Baldner  – 2° Ms. phys. et hist. nat. – Universitätsbibliothek (Kassel, Germany)
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Leonhard Baldner: Vogel-, Fisch- und Thierbuch 1666

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