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Turning the Pages eBoard Slides: Historiae Animalium, Micrographia, Liber de Arte Distilland

Using touchscreen technology and animation software, Turning the Pages allows viewers to “touch and turn” the digitized images of rare and beautiful historic books in the biomedical sciences. They can zoom in on the pages for more detail, read or listen to explanations of the text, and (in some cases) access additional information on the books in the form of curators’ notes. Originally only available at kiosks at the National Library of Medicine, Turning the Pages is now available online and as an iPad app.

This month’s eBoard slides will bring these antique books and manuscripts from Turning the Pages to your library! Last week we began highlighting the books available on Turning the Pages, with select scans available for download as eBoard slides. eBoard slides are designed to be used as part of a looping slideshow presentation on computer monitors at your institution. (Previous slides are available on NewsBits: eBoard Slides.) Click on the images below to see a preview and download the PowerPoint files by clicking on the name of each file.

Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium (PPT) Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (PPT) Hieronymus Brunschwig’s Liber de Arte Distilland (PPT)
Thumbnail Image of Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium Thumbnail Image of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia Thumbnail Image of Hieronymus Brunschwig’s Liber de Arte Distilland

Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium: Conrad Gesner’s Historiae Animalium (Studies on Animals) is considered to be the first modern zoological work. This first attempt to describe many of the animals accurately is illustrated with hand-colored woodcuts drawn from personal observations by Gesner and his colleagues.

Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: Robert Hooke (1635-1703) was an artist, biologist, physicist, engineer, architect, inventor and much else; a man who rubbed shoulders with many of the great minds of his time, and quarreled with most of them. Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies made by Magnifying Glasses was Hooke’s masterpiece, an exquisitely illustrated introduction to the microscopic world that lay all around.

Hieronymus Brunschwig’s Liber de Arte Distilland: Hieronymus Brunschwig’s Liber de Arte Distillandi, printed in Strasbourg in 1512, is a practical manual on chemical, alchemical, and distillation devices and techniques used to manufacture drug therapies. It includes instructions on how to distill aqua vitae, potable gold, artificial and natural balsams and how to use distillates to treat illnesses in surgical cases.

Scans are courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.

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