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This front matter section of the book Early Modern Zoology: The Construction of Animals in Science, Literature and the Visual Arts contains the Table of Contents, the list of illustrations, notes on the editors of the book, and the list of contributors. The invention of zoology is only one of the fascinating features that the re-definition of the animal and animal species in the early modern period brought about. The discovery of the new world confronted intellectuals with surprising and hitherto unknown species, which challenged the existing systems of animal classification. By the expeditions into the New World, new information was gathered about a strange and exotic fauna. Artistic progress in the visual arts offered new options for animal description, which were reinforced by the printing press and the reproduction of identical graphic illustrations and their dissemination among larger audiences.

Keywords: animals; early modern zoology; science; visual arts

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