Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

On Toucans And Hornbills: Readings In Early Modern Ornithology From Belon To Buffon

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter presents a chronological discussion of the principal texts on two bird families, Toucans and Hornbills, beginning with Pierre Belon du Mans in the sixteenth-century - the age of their discovery - and ending with Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count of Buffon, who wrote the most influential ornithology of the Enlightenment. It enables us to outline the history of the scientific knowledge of both bird families. But as a case study it also hopes to show more: because the newly discovered birds were incorporated in the prevailing ornithological discourse and taxonomy, thus making continuous revisions necessary, this teaches us a lot about early modern zoology. The chapter shows that the rare, fragmentary and transitory material and the scattered oral, hand-written and printed information about the birds underline the need for every zoologist to maintain a wide and well-functioning social and scientific network and to have access to collections of non-professionals.

Keywords: Count of Buffon; early modern ornithology; early modern zoologists; Georges-Louis Leclerc; hornbills; Pierre Belon du Mans; toucans

10.1163/ej.9789004131880.i-657.24
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004131880.i-657.24
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Early Modern Zoology: The Construction of Animals in Science, Literature and the Visual Arts (2 vols) — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation