HISTORY: Historical excursus on the aquarium hobby, Part 5 – – Europe and Asia, 14-17th centuries

By Natasha Khardina

While the first written mentioning of ‘ornamental fishes’ appeared in Europe, in China and Japan every household had a small or large goldfish basin.

The first Medieval Latin compendium of science that was edited and translated into German in the 14th century by Konrad von Megenberg, a German scholar and writer. He wrote at least 30 books, of which Das Buch der Natur is the best known (Von Megenberg 1475). The book is based on a Latin compendium, Liber de natura rerum, by the 13th-century Dominican priest Thomas of Cantimpré, but Konrad made many revisions to the original work, omitting much material and introducing his own observations and corrections. The result is a survey of all that was known of natural history at that time.

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