Sunday, November 06, 2005

Fauna Japonica

"This work of Philipp Franz Balthazar von Siebold (1796-1866) was compiled by three scholars of the Leyden Museum on the basis of the enormous number of zoological specimens collected by Siebold during his stay in Nagasaki 1823-1829 and of rough sketches by the Japanese artist Keiga Kawahara and others. It was published serially in five volumes over the long period of 1833-1850.This was the first material written in a Western language on Japanese fauna, and it introduced Japanese fauna to the West on a wide scale."

Fauna Japonica, which was written in french, is displayed at the Kyoto University website. I didn't venture into the birds or fish today. [Again, via]

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