Orca: "Animalium Mar. Ordo XII"
"Animalium Mar. Ordo XII"
Page from "Historia animalium" by Conrad Gessner. Published in Zurich 1551-1558.
The images are woodcuts. Below is text in Latin. In the text are the names of the whales in Italian, Spanish, Gallice ( French ) and German.
In German they are named Sprutzwal or Wetterwal.
The reverse side is titled "De Cetis". There is text and an outline image of a whale with
the name Oryx. (Orca) The names of this whale are given in several languages.
In German it is named a Vasswal or Zuberwal. One of the names in Italian is Orca.
At the top of the page is a brown stain. Light creasing in lower left corner
and a small repair on upper margin edge. The printing is slightly diagonal.
Page size: 34 x 22 cm ( 13.3 x 8.6 ")