Sunday, February 26, 2012

Aldrovandi's Bags

Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), an Italian Naturalist, wrote his observations first on small slips of papers, which he later cut up and glued into a catalogue, very much like Conrad Gessner.[1] Before doing this, he kept them in bags, one for each letter of the alphabet. Whether these bags were hung on hooks, as the previous post shows, I do not know. It is not unlikely, however.

On the other hand, he kept his specimens in pigeon holes (4500 in 66 armoires).

1. For Gessner, see here.

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