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Book/Printed Material Book of Animals. Thierbuch

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  • Book of Animals.

Other Title

  • Thierbuch


  • The artist, engraver, xylographer, publisher, and entrepreneur Jost Amman (1539--91) was involved in a huge number of printing projects, several of them together with the Frankfurt-based publisher Sigmund Feyerabend. One such project was the Thierbuch (Book of animals). Printed for the first time in 1569, it comprises nearly 100 woodcuts executed by Amman, based on designs by the Augsburg painter Hans Bocksberger the Younger. The illustrations feature 70 different kinds of animals, including domestic animals (such as horse, ox, and pig), wild animals (such as bear, fox, and eagle), exotic beasts (such as baboon, parrot, and turkey), and even mythical beasts (such as dragon, unicorn, and phoenix). Each illustration is accompanied by a short poem written by the Munich poet Georg Schaller. The poems combine facts and legends from ancient authors as well as from contemporary emblematic literature. The book seems to have been quite successful, and was reprinted in 1592 and in 1617. The copy presented here is from the edition of 1592.


  • Amman, Jost, 1539-1591 Wood-engraver.
  • Bocksberger, Hans der Ältere, 1500-1569 Artist.
  • Schaller, Georg, flourished before 1569 Author.

Created / Published

  • Frankfurt : Sigmund Feyerabend, 1592.


  • -  Germany
  • -  1592
  • -  Animals
  • -  German poetry
  • -  Legends
  • -  Poetry
  • -  Woodcuts


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "BSB Shelfmark Res/4 Zool. 11 c"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 108 unnumbered sheets : illustrations.
  • -  Original resource at: Bavarian State Library.
  • -  Content in German.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021666797

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  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Amman, Jost, Wood-Engraver, Hans Der Ältere Bocksberger, and Georg Schaller. Book of Animals. Frankfurt: Sigmund Feyerabend, 1592. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Amman, J., Bocksberger, H. D. Ä. & Schaller, G. (1592) Book of Animals. Frankfurt: Sigmund Feyerabend. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Amman, Jost, Wood-Engraver, Hans Der Ältere Bocksberger, and Georg Schaller. Book of Animals. Frankfurt: Sigmund Feyerabend, 1592. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.