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This section contains a catalogue of Conrad Gessner?s private library. It includes 395 titles. In 1532 the reformer Heinrich Bullinger (1504?1575) reorganized the library of the Grossmünster, where Huldrych Zwingli (1484?1531) in 1525 had founded the so-called Schola Tigurina, the first Reformed-Protestant theological college for the education and training of a new generation of pastors. From 1532 to 1551 the Old Testament professor Conrad Pellikan (1478?1556) served as librarian and started maintaining a handwritten catalogue. Pellikan?s successor, Ludwig Lavater (1527?1586), continued the catalogue until 1595. By then, the library possessed 919 volumes. All the professors and students of the Schola Tigurina were using this library, among them Conrad Gessner, who had been teaching natural history and ethics since 1541. There are a number of books which were in that library and contain handwritten annotations by Gessner.

Keywords: Conrad Gessner; Grossmünster; private library; Schola Tigurina



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