« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »
sent home, and which contained descriptions of his adventures | (1837–1838); an admirable Hisloire de la littérature française in the New World, to the editor of the Rosen, who published them depuis les origines jusqu'à la Révolution (1852), which he supple. in that periodical. These sketches having found favour with the mented in 1859 by a volume bringing down the history to the public, Gerstäcker issued them in 1844 under the tide Streif-und close of the revolutionary period; and some miscellaneous Jagdzuge durch die Vereinigten Staaten Nordamerikas. In 1845 works. Géruzez died on the 29th of May 1865 in Paris. A his first novel, Die Regulatoren in Arkansas, appeared, and hence- posthumous volume of Mélanges et pensées appeared in 1877. forth the stream of his productiveness flowed on uninterruptedly. GERVAIS, PAUL (1816-1879), French palaeontologist, was From 1849 to 1852 Gerstäcker travelled round the world, visiting born on the 26th of September 1816 at Paris, where he obtained North and South America, Polynesia and Australia, and on his the diplomas of doctor of science and of medicine, and in 1835 return settled in Leipzig. In 1860 he again went to South America, he began palacontological research as assistant in the laboratory chiefly with a view to inspecting the German colonies there and of comparative anatomy at the Museum of Natural History. reporting on the possibility of diverting the stream of German In 1841 he obtained the chair of zoology and comparative emigration in this direction. The result of his observations and anatomy at the Faculty of Sciences in Montpellier, of which he experiences he recorded in Achtzekn Monate in Sudamerika (1862). was in 1856 appointed dean. In 1848-1852 appeared his im. In 1862 he accompanied Duke Ernest of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to portant work Zoologie et paléontologie françaises, supplementary Egypt and Abyssinia, and on his return settled at Coburg, where to the palaeontological publications of G. Cuvier and H. M. D. he wrote a number of novels descriptive of the scenes he had de Blainville; of this a second and greatly improved edition visited. In 1867-1868 Gerstäcker again undertook a long journey, was issued in 1859. In 1865 he accepted the professorship of visiting North America, Venezuela and the West Indies, and on zoology at the Sorbonne, vacant through the death of L. P. his return lived first at Dresden and then at Brunswick, where Gratiolet; this post he leít in 1868 for the chair of comparative he died on the 31st of May 1872. His genial and straightforward anatomy at the Paris museum of natural history, the anatomical character made him personally beloved; and his works, dealing collections of which were greatly enriched by his exertions. He as they did with the great world hitherto hidden from the narrow died in Paris on the roth of February 1879. "parochialism" of German life, obtained an immense popularity. He also wrote Histoire naturelle des mammiseres (1853. &c.); This was not due to any graces of style, in which they are sin Zoologie médicale (1859, with P, J. van Beneden); Recherches sur gularly lacking; but the unstudied freshness of the author's e paléontologie générales (1867); Ostéographie des cétacés (1869, &c., descriptions, and his sturdy humour, appcaled to the wholesome with van Beneden), instincts of the public. Many of his books were translated into GERVASE OF CANTERBURY (d. C. 1210), English monk foreign languages, notably into English, and became widely and chronicler, entered the house of Christchurch, Canterbury, known on both sides of the Atlantic. His best works, from a
at an early age. He made his profession and received holy orders literary point of view, are, besides the above-mentioned Regula. in 1163; but we have no further clue to the date of his birth. loren, his Flusspiralen des Mississippi (1848); the novel Tahiti We know nothing of his life beyond what may be gathered from (1854); his Australian romance Die beiden Sträflinge (1857); his own writings. Their evidence suggests that he died in or Aus dem Matrosenleben (1857); and Blau Wasser (1858). His shortly after 1210, and that he had resided almost continuously Travels exist in an English translation.
at Canterbury from the time of his admission. The only office Gerståcker's Gesammelte Schriften were published at Jena in 44 which we know him to have held is that of sacrist, which he 1890). See A. Karl, Friedrich Ger släcker, der Weilgereiste. Ein interest in the secular quarrels of the Canterbury monks with their vols. (1872-1879); a selection, edited by D. Theden in 24 vols. (1889-received after 1190 and laid down before 1197: He took a keen Lebensbild (1873).
GERSTENBERG, HEINRICH WILHELM VON (1737-1823), archbishops, and his earliest literary efforts were controversial German poet and critic, was born at Tondern in Schleswig on the tracts upon this subject. But from 1188 he applied his mind to 3rd of January 1737. After studying law at Jena he entered the historical composition. About that year he began the compilation Danish military service and took part in the Russian campaign of his Chronica, a work intended for the private reading of his of 1762. He spent the next twelve years in Copenhagen, where brethren. Beginning with the accession of Stephen he continued he was intimate with Klopstock. From 1775 to 1783 be repre- his narrative to the death of Richard 1. Up to 1188 he relies sented Denmark's interests as “ Danish Resident" at Lübeck, almost entirely upon extant sources; but from that date onand in 1786 received a judicial appointment at Altona, where he wards is usually an independent authority. A second history, died on the ist of November 1823. In the course of his long life the Gesta Regum, is planned on a smaller scale and traces the Gerstenberg passed through many phases of his nation's literature. fortunes of Britain from the days of Brutus to the year 1 209. The He began as an imitator of the Anacreontic school (Tändeleien, latter part of this work, covering the years 1199-1209, is perhaps 1759); then wrote, in imitation of Gleim, Kriegslieder einës an attempt to redeem the promise, which he had made in the danischen Grenadiers (1762); with his Gedicht eines Skalden epilogue to the Chronica, of a continuation dealing with the reign (1766) he joined the group of “ bards ” led by Klopstock. His of John. This is the only part of the Gesta which deserves much Ariadne auf Naxos (1767) is the best cantata of the 18th century; attention. The work was continued by various hands to the he translated Beaumont and Fletcher's Maid's Tragedy (1767); year 1328. From the Gesta the indefatigable Gervase turned to and helped to usher in the Sturm und Drang period with a grue
a third project, the history of the see of Canterbury from the some but powerful tragedy, Ugolino (1768). But he did perhaps arrival of Augustine to the death of Hubert Walter (1205). A even better service to the new literary movement with his Briefe topographical work, with the somewhat misleading title Moppa über Merkwürdigkeiten der Literatur (1766-1770), in which the mundi, completes the list of his more important writings. The critical principles of the Sturm und Drang—and especially its Mappa mundi contains a useful description of England shire by enthusiasm for Shakespeare, --were first definitely formulated. sbire, giving in particular a list of the castles and religious houses In later life Gerstenberg lost touch with literature, and occupied to be found in each. The industry of Gervase was greater than himself mainly with Kant's philosophy.
his insight. He took a narrow and monastic view of current His Vermischte Schriften appeared in 3 volš. (1815). The Briefe politics; he was seldom in touch with the leading statesmen of über Merkwurdigkeiten der Literalur were republished by A. von
his day. But be appears to be tolerably accurate when dealing Weilen (1888), and a selection of his poetry, including Ugolino, by with the years 1188-1209; and sometimes he supplements the R. Hamel, will be found in Kürschner's Deutsche Nationalliteratur, information provided by the more important chronicles. vol. 48 (1881).
See the introductions and notes in W. Stubbs's edition of the GÉRUZEZ, NICOLAS EUGÈNE (1790-1865), French critic, Historical Works of Gervase of Canterbury (Rolls edition. 2 vols., was born on the 6th of January 1799 at Reims. He was assistant 1879-1880).
(H. W. C. D.) professor at the Sorbonne, and in 1852 he became secretary to GERVASE OF TILBURY (A. 1211), Anglo-Latin writer of the the faculty of literature. He wrote a Histoire de l'éloquence late 12th and early 13th centuries, was a kingman and schoolfellow politique ei religieuse en France aux XIV, XV, el XVIe siècles I of Patrick, earl of Salisbury, but lived the life of a scholarly
adventurer, wandering from land to land in search of patrons. 1805 at Darmstadt. He was educated at the gymnasium of Before 1177 he was a student and teacher of law at Bologna; the town, and intended for a commercial career, but in 1825 in that year he witnessed the meeting of the emperor Frederic I. he became a student of the university of Giessen. In 1826 he and Pope Alexander III. at Venice. He may have hoped to went to Heidelberg, where he attended the lectures of the win. the favour of Frederic, who in the past had found useful historian Schlosser, who became henceforth his guide and his instruments among the civilians of Bologna. But Frederic | model. In 1828 he was appointed teacher in a private school ignored him; his first employer of royal rank was Henry fitz at Frankfort-on-Main, and in 1830 Privatdozent at Heidelberg. Henry, the young king of England (d. 1183), for whom Gervase A volume of his collected Historische Schriften procured him wrote a jest-book which is no longer extant. Subsequently the appointment of professor extraordinarius; while the first we hear of Gervase as a clerk in the household of William of volume of his Geschichte der poëtischen Nationallitteratur der Champagne, cardinal archbishop of. Reims (d. 1202). Here, Deulschen (1835-1842, 5 vols., subsequently entitled Geschichte as he himself confesses, he basely accused of heretical opinions der deutschen Dichtung; 5th edition, by K. Bartsch, 1871-1874) a young girl, who had rejected his advances, with the result that brought him the appointment to a regular professorship of history she was burned to death. He cannot have remained many and literature at Göttingen. This work is the first comprehensive years at Reims; before 1189 he attracted the favour of William history of German literature written both with scholarly erudition II. of Sicily, who had married Joanna, the sister of Henry fitz and literary skill. In the following year he wrote his Grundsüge Henry. William took Gervase into his service and gave him a der Historik, which is perhaps the most thoughtful of his philo. country-house at Nola. After William's death the kingdom sophico-historical productions. The same year brought his expul. of Sicily offered no attractions to an Englishman. The fortunes sion from Göttingen in consequence of his manly protest, in of Gervase suffered an eclipse until, some time after 1198, he conjunction with six of his colleagues, against the unscrupulous found employment under the emperor Otto IV., who by desu“ t violation of the constitution by Ernest Augustus, king of Hanover and political interest was intimately connected with the Plan- and duke of Cumberland. After several years in Heidelberg, tagenets. Though a clerk in orders Gervase became marshal Darmstadt and Rome, he settled permanently in Heidelberg, of the kingdom of Arles, and married an heiress of good family. - where, in 1844, he was appointed honorary professor. He For the delectation of the emperor he wrote, about 1211, his zealously took up in the following year the cause of the German Olia Imperialia in three parts. It is a farrago of history, Catholics, hoping it would lead to a union of all the Christian geography, folklore and political theory-one of those books of confessions, and to the establishment of a national church. table-talk in which the literature of the age abounded. Evidently He also came forward in 1846 as a patriotic champion of the Gervase coveted but ill deserved a reputation for encyclopaedic Schleswig-Holsteiners, and when, in 1847, King Frederick learning. The most interesting of his dissertations are contained William IV. promulgated the royal decree for summoning the in the second part of the Otia, where he discusses, among other so-called “United Diet ” (Vereinigter Landtag), Gervinus hoped topics, the theory of the Empire and the geography and history that this event would form the basis of the constitutional developof England. We do not know what became of Gervase after the ment of the largest German state. He founded, together with downfall of Otto IV. But he became a canon; and may perhaps some other patriotic scholars, the Deutsche Zeitung, which be identified with Gervase, provost of Ebbekesdorf, who died in certainly was one of the best-written political journals ever 1235
published in Germany. His appearance in the political arena See the Otia Imperialia in G. Leibnitz's Scriplores rerum Bruns. secured his election as deputy for the Prussian province of Saxony vicensium, vols. i. and ii. (Hanover, 1707); extracts in J. Stevenson's to the National Assembly sitting in 1848 at Frankfort. Disgusted edition of Coggeshall (Rolls series, 1875). Of modern accounts the best are those by W. Stubbs in his edition of Gervase of Canterbury,
with the failure of that body, he retired from all active political vol. i. introd. (Rolls series, 1879), and by R. Pauli in Nachrichten life. der Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Gotlingen (1882). In the older Gervinus now devoted himself to literary and historical biographers the Dialogus de scaccario of Richard Fitz, Neal (9.3.) is studies, and between 1849 and 1852 published his work on wrongly attributed to Gervase.
(H. W. C. D.)
Shakespeare (4 vols., 4th ed. 2 vols., 1872; Eng. trans. by GERVEX, HENRI (1852– ), French painter, was born in F. E. Bunnett, 1863, new ed. 1877). He also revised his History Paris on the oth of December 1852, and studied painting under of German Literature, for a fourth edition (1853), and began at Cabanel, Brisset and Fromentin. His early work belonged the same time to plan his Geschichte des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts almost exclusively to the mythological genre which served as an (8 vols., 1854-1860), which was preceded by an Einleitung in die excuse for the painting of the nude-not always in the best of Geschichte des neunzchnten Jahrhunderts (1853). The latter taste; indeed, his “ Rolla" of 1878 was rejected by the jury of caused some stir in the literary and political world, owing to the Salon pour immoralité. He afterwards devoted himself to the circumstance that the government of Baden imprudently representations of modern life and achieved signal success with instituted a prosecution against the author for high treason. his “ Dr Péan at the Salpétrière," a modernized paraphrase, In 1868 appeared Händel und Shakespeore, zur Ästhetik der as it were, of Rembrandt's “ Anatomy Lesson.” He was en Tonkunst, in which he drew an ingenious parallel between his trusted with several important official paintings and the decora- favourite poet and his favourite composer, "showing that their tion of public buildings. Among the first are “ The Distribution intellectual affinity was based on the Teutonic origin common of Awards (1889) at the Palais de l'Industrie" (now in the to both, on their analogous intellectual development and Versailles Museum)," The Coronation of Nicolas II.” (Moscow, character. The ill-success of this publication, and the indifference May 14, 1896),“ The Mayors' Banquet" (1900), and the portrait with which the latter volumes of his History of the 19th Century group "La République Française”; and among the second, were received by his countrymen, togeiher with the feeling of the ceiling for the Salle des Fêtes at the hôtel de ville, Paris, and disappointment that the unity of Germany had been brought the decorative panels painted in conjunction with Blanchon for about in another fashion and by other means than he wished to the mairie of the 19th arrondissement, Paris
. He also painted, see employed, embittered his later years. He died at Heidelberg with Alfred Stevens, a panorama,“ The History of the Century' on the 18th of March 1871. (1889). At the Luxembourg is his painting “ Satyrs playing
Gervinus's autobiography (G. G. Gervinus' Leben, von ihm selbst) with a Bacchante,” as well as the large“ Members of the Jury beyond the year 1836. Se 2 Lehmann, Gervinas, Versuck einer
was published by his widow in 1893. It does not, however, go of the Salon " (1885). Other pictures of importance, besides Charakteristik (1871): R. Gosche, Gervinus (1871); J. Dorfel, numerous portraits in oils and pastel, are “Communion at Gervinus als historischer Denker (1904). Trinity Church," “ Return from the Ball," " Diana and Endy GERYON (GERYONES, GERYONEUS), in Greek mythology, the mion,” “
" " Job," “ Civil Marriage,” “At the Ambassadeurs," son of Chrysaor and Callirrhoë, daughter of Oceanus, and king “ Yachting in the Archipelago, Nana" and " Maternity." of the island of Erytheia. He is represented as a monster with
GERVINUS, GEORG GOTTFRIED (1805-1871), German three heads or three bodies (triformis, trigeminus), sometimes literary and political historian, was born on the 20th of May I with wings, and as the owner of herds of red cattle, which were
tended by the giant shepherd Eurytion and the two-headed dog same year appeared the first volume of the Hebräisches u. Chah
Revised editions of Orthrus. To carry off these cattle to Greece was one of the däisches Handwörterbuch, completed in 1812.
this appear periodically in Germany, e.g. that of H. Zimmern and twelve “ labours ” imposed by Eurystheus upon Heracles. In F. Buhl (1905). The publication of a new English edition was order to get possession of them, Heracles travelled through Europe started in 1892 under the editorship of Professors C. A. Briggs and Libya, set up the two pillars in the Straits of Gibraltar to
S. R. Driver and F. Brown. The Hebräische Grammatik, published in show the extent of his journey, and reached the great river 1813 (27th edition by E. Kautzsch; English translation from 25th
and 26th German editions by G. W. Collins and A. E. Cowley, 1898). Oceanus. Having crossed Oceanus and landed on the island, was followed in 1815 by the Geschichte der hebräischen Sprache (now Heracles slew Orthrus together with Eurytion, who in vain strove very rare), and in 1817 by the Ausführliches Lehrgebäude der hee to defend him, and drove off the cattle. Geryon started in pursuit, bräischen Sprache. The first volume of his well-known commentary but fell a victim to the arrows of Heracles, who, arter various
on Isaiah (Der Prophet Jesaja), with a translation, appeared in 1821; adventures, succeeded in getting the cattle safe to Greece, logico-crilicus linguae Hebraicae el Chaldaicae V. T., begun in 1829.
but the work was not completed until 1829. The Thesaurus philowhere they were offered in sacrifice to Hera by Eurystheus. The he did not live to complete; the latter part of the third volume is geographical position of Erytheia is unknown, but all ancient edited by E. Rödiger (1858). Other works: De Pentateuchi Samariauthorities agree that it was in the far west. The name itself lani origine, indole, et auctorilate (1815), supplemented in 1822 (= red) and the colour of the cattle suggest the fiery aspect of edition of Carmina Samaritana; Paläographische Studien über
and 1824 by the treatise De Samaritanorum iheologia, and by an the disk of the setting sun; further, Heracles crosses Oceanus in phönizische 4. punische Schrift (1835), a pioneering work which the golden cup or boat of the sun-god Helios. Geryon (from he followed up in 1837 by his collection of 'Phoenician monuments mpiw, the howler or roarer) is supposed to personify the storm, (Scripturae linguaeque Phoeniciae monumenla quotquot supersun!): his father Chrysaor the lightning, his mother Callirrhoë the rain. language written in conjunction with E. Rödiger in 1841. Gesenius The cattle are the rain-clouds, and the slaying of their keepers also contributed extensively to Ersch and Gruber's Encyclopädie, typifies the victory of the sun over the clouds, or of spring over and enriched the German translation of J.L. Burckhardt's Travels in winter. The euhemeristic explanation of the struggle with the Syria and the Holy Land with valuable geographical notes. For
many years he also edited the Halle Allgemeine Lilleraturzeitung. triple monster was that Heracles fought three brothers in
A sketch of his life was published anonymously in 1843 (Gesenius: succession.
eine Erimerung für seine Freunde), and another by H. Gesenius, See Apollodorus ii. 5. 10; Hesiod, Theogony, 287; Diod. Sic. Wilhelm Gesenius, ein Erinnerungsblalt an den hundertjährigen iv. 17; Herodotus iv. 8; F: Wieseler in Ersch and Gruber, Allge. Geburtstag, in 1886. See also the article in the Allgemeine deutsche meine Encyclopädie: F. A. Voigt in Roscher's Lexikon der Mythologie; | Biographie. L. Preller, Griechische Mythologie; article " Hercules" in Daremberg GESNER, ABRAHAM (1797–1864), Canadian geologist, was and Saglio, Dictionnaire des antiquités.
born in Nova Scotia in 1797. He qualified as a doctor of medicine GESENIUS, HEINRICH FRIEDRICH WILHELM (1786-1842), in London in 1827. Returning to the Dominion, he published German orientalist and biblical critic, was born at Nordhausen, in 1836 Remarks on the Geology and Mineralogy of Nova Scotia, Hanover, on the 3rd of February 1786. In 1803 he became a
and continuing his researches he was enabled in 1843 to bring student of philosophy and theology at the university of Helm- before the Geological Society of London “A Geological Map of städt, where Heinrich Henke (1752-1809) was his most influential Nova Scotia, with an accompanying Memoir” (Proc. Geol. Soc.' teacher; but the latter part of his university course was taken iv. 186). In 1849 he issued a volume on the industrial resources at Göttingen, where J. G. Eichhorn and T. C. Tychsen (1758- of the country. He dealt also with the geology and mineralogy, 1834) were then at the height of their popularity. In 1806, of New Brunswick and Prince Edward's Island. Devoting shortly after graduation, he became Repelenl and Privatdozent himself to the economic side of geology in various parts of North in that university; and, as he was fond of afterwards relating, America, he was enabled to bring out in 1861 A Practical Trealise had Neander for his first pupil in Hebrew. In 1810 he became
on Coal, Petrolcum and other Distilled Oils. He died at Halifax, professor extraordinarius in theology, and in 1811 ordinarius, N.S., on the 29th of April 1864. at the university of Halle, where, in spite of many offers of high GESNER, JOHANN MATTHIAS (1691-1761), German classical preferment elsewhere, he spent the rest of his life. He taught scholar and schoolmaster, was born at Roth near Ansbach on the with great regularity for upward of thirty years, the only in 9th of April 1691. He studied at the university of Jena, and in terruptions being that of 1813-1814 (occasioned by the War of
1714 published a work on the Philopatris ascribed to Lucian, Liberation, during which the university was closed) and those In 1715 he became librarian and conrector (vice-principal) occasioned by two proloriged literary tours, first in 1820 to Paris, at Weimar, in 1729 rector of the gymnasium at Ansbach, and in London and Oxford with his colleague Johann Karl Thilo (1794-1730 rector of the Thomas school at Leipzig. On the foundation 1853) for the examination of rare oriental manuscripts, and in of the university of Göttingen he became professor of rhetoric 1835 to England and Holland in connexion with his Phoenician (1734) and subsequently librarian. He died at Göttingen on the studies. He soon became the most popular tcacher of Hebrew 3rd of August 1761. His special merit lies in the attention he and of Old Testament introduction and exegesis in Germany; devoted to the explanation and illustration of the subject matter during his later years his lectures were attended by nearly five of the classical authors. hundred students. Among his pupils the most eminent were His principal works arc: editions of the Scriptores rei rusticae, of Peter von Bohlen (1796-1840), A. G. Hoffmann (1769-1864), Quintilian, Claudian, Pliny the Younger, Horace and the Orphic Hermann Hupfeld, Emil Rödiger (1801-1874), J. F. Tuch (1806– poems (published, after his death); Primae lineae isagoges in eru1867), W. Vatke (1806-1882) and Theodor Benfey (1809-1881). eruditionis scholasticae (1726), afterwards continued under the title In 1827, after declining an invitation to take Eichhorn's place Nours linguae et eruditionis Romanae thesaurus (1749); Opuscula at Göttingen, Gesenius was made a Consistorialrath; but, apart minora varii argumenti (1743-1745): Thesaurus epistolicus Gesnefrom the violent attacks to which he, along with his friend and
rianus (cd. Klotz, 1768-1770); Index etymologicus latinitatis (1749). colleague Julius Wegscheider, was in 1830 subjected by E. W. Gollinger Professoren (1872); C. H. Pöhnert, J. M. Gesner und sein
Sce J. A. Ernesti, Opuscula oratoria (1762), P. 305; H. Sauppe, Hengstenberg and his party in the Evangelische Kirchenzeilung, Verhalinis zum Philan:hropinismus und Neuhumanismus (1898), a on account of his rationalism, his life was uncventful. He died contribution to the history of pedagogy in the 18th century; articles at Halle on the 23rd of October 1842. To Gesenius belongs in by F. A. Eckstein in Allgemeine deutsche Biographie ix.; and Sandys, a large measure the credit of having frced Semitic philology Hist. of Class. Schol. iii. (1908), 5-9. from the trammels of thcological and religious prepossession,
GESNER (improperly GESSNER; in Latin, GESNERUS), and of inaugurating the strictly scientific and comparative) KONRAD VON (1516-1565), German-Swiss writer and naturalist, method which has since been so fruitful. As an exegete he called the German Pliny” by Cuvier, was born at Zürich on the exercised a powerful, and on the whole a beneficial, influence on
26th of March 1516. The son of a poor furrier, he was educated theological investigation.
in that town, but fell into great need after the death of his father of his many works, the carliest, published in 1810, entitled Versuch at the battle of Kappel (1531). He had good friends, however, über die maltesische Sprache, was a successful refutation of the widely in his old master, Myconius, and subsequently in Heinrich current opinion that the modern Maltese was of Punic origin. In the Bullinger, and he was enabled to continue his studies at the
universities of Strassburg and Bourges (1532-1533); he found period for the conventional pastoral. His writings are marked also a generous patron in Paris (1534), in the person of Joh. by sweetness and melody, qualities which were warmly appreStciger of Berne. In 1535 the religious troubles drove him back ciated by Lessing, Herder and Goethe. As a painter Gessner lo Zürich, where he made an imprudent marriage. His friends represented the conventional classical landscape. again came to his aid, enabled him to study at Basel (1536), and Collected cditions of Gessner's works were repeatedly published in 1537 procured for him the professorship of Greek at the newly (2 vols. 1777-1778, finally 2 vols. 1841, both at Zürich). They were founded academy of Lausanne (then belonging to Berne). Here
translated into French (3 vols., Paris, 1786-1793), and versions of he had leisure to devote himself to scientific studies, especially Swedish and Bohemian. Gessner's life was written by Hottinger
the Idyllen appeared in English, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, botany. In 1540-1541 he visited the famous medical university (Zürich, 1796), and by H. Wölfin (Frauenfeld, 1889); sec also his of Montpellier, took his degree of doctor of medicine (1541) at Briefwechsel mit seinem Sohn (Bern and Zürich, 1801). Basel, and then settled down to practise at Zürich, where he GESSO, an Italian word (Lat. gypsum), for“ plaster of Paris" obtained the post of lecturer in physics at the Carolinum. There, especially when used as a ground for painting, or for modelling apart from a few journeys to foreign countries, and annual or sculpture. summer botanical journeys in his native land, he passed the GESTA ROMANORUM, a Latin collection of anecdotes and remainder of his life. He devoted himself to preparing works talcs, probably compiled about the end of the 13th century or on many subjects of different sorts. He died of ihe plague on the beginning of the 14th. It still possesses a twofold literary the 13th of December 1565. In the previous year he had been interest, first as one of the most popular books of the time, and ennobled.
secondly as the source, directly or indirectly, of later literature, To his contemporaries he was best known as a botanist, though in Chaucer, Gower, Shakespeare and others. Of its authorship his botanical MSS. were not published till long after his death nothing certain is known; and there is little but gratuitous (at Nuremberg, 1751-1771, 2 vols. folio), he himself issuing only conjecture to associate it either with the name of Helinandus the Enchiridion historiae plantarum (1541) and the Catalogus or with that of Petrus Berchorius (Pierre Bercheure). It is even plantarum (1542) in four tongues. In 1545 he published his a matter of debate whether it took its rise in England, Germany remarkable Bibliotheca universalis (ed. by J. Simler, 1574), or France. The work was evidently intended as a manual for a catalogue (in Latin, Greek and Hebrew) of all writers who preachers, and was probably written by one who himself behad ever lived, with the titles of their works, &c. A second part, longed to the clerical profession. The name, Docds of the Romans, under the title of Pandeclarium sive parlilionum universalium is only partially appropriate to the collection in its present form, Conradi Gesneri Ligurini libri xxi., appeared in 1548; only since, besides the titles from Greek and Latin history and legend, nineteen books being then concluded. The 21st book, a thco it comprises fragments of very various origin, oriental and logical encyclopaedia, was published in 1549, but the 20th, European. The unifying element of the book is its moral purpose. intended to include his medical work, was never finished. His The style is barbarous, and the narrative ability of the compiler great zoological work, Historia animalium, appeared in 4 vols. seems to vary with his source; but he has managed to bring (quadrupeds, birds, fishes) folio, 1551-1558, at Zürich, a fifth together a considerable variety of excellent material. He gives (snakes) being issued in 1587 (there is a German translation, us, for example, the germ of the romance of “Guy of Warwick "; entitled Thierbuch, of the first 4 vols., Zürich, 1563): this work the story of “ Darius and his Three Sons,” versified by Occleve; is the starting point of modern zoology. Not content with such part of Chaucer's “ Man of Lawes' Tale "'; a tale of the emperor vast works, Gesner put forth in 1555 his book entitled Mithridates | Theodosius, the same in its main features as that of Shakespeare's de differenliis linguis, an account of about 130 known languages, Lear; the story of the “Three Black Crows ”; the “ Hermit and with the Lord's Prayer in 22 tongues, while in 1556 appeared the Angel,” well known from Parnell's version, and a story his edition of the works of Aelian. To non- scientific readers, identical with the Fridolin of Schiller. Owing to the loose Gesner will be best known for his love of mountains (below the structure of the book, it was easy for a transcriber to insert any snow-line) and for his many excursions among them, undertaken additional story into his own copy, and consequently the MSS. partly as a botanist, but also for the sake of mere exercise and of the Gesla Romanorum exhibit considerable variety Oesterley enjoyment of the beauties of nature. In 1541 he prefixed to a recognizes an English group of MSS. (written always in Latin), singular little work of his (Libellus de lacle el operibus lactariis) a German group (sometimes in Latin and sometimes in German), à letter addressed to his friend, J. Vogel, of Glarus, as to the and a group which is represented by the vulgate or coramon wonders to be found among the mountains, declaring his love printed text. The earliest editions are supposed to be those of for them, and his firm resolve to climb at least one mountain Ketelaer and de Lecompt at Utrecht, of Arnold Ter Hoenen at every year, not only to collect flowers, but in order to exercise Cologne, and of Ulrich Zell at Cologne; but thc exact date is in his body. In 1555 Gesner issucd his narrative (Descriplio Montis all three cases uncertain. Fracli sive Montis Pilati) of his excursion to the Gncpfstein An English translation, probably based directly on the Ms. (6299 st.), the lowest point in the Pilatus chain, and therein Harl. 5369, was published by Wynkyn de Worde about 1510-1515, explains at length how each of the senses of man is refreshed the only copy, of which now known to exist is preserved in the in the course of a mountain excursion.
library of St John's College, Cambridge. In 1577 Richard Robin
son published a revised cdition of Wynkyn de Worde, and the book Lives by J. Hanhart (Winterthur, 1824) and J. Simler (Zürich, proved highly popular. Between 1648 and 1703 at least cight 1566); see also Lebert's Gesner als Arzl (Zürich, 1854). A part of impressions were issued., In 1703 appeared the first vol. of a transhis unpublished writing, edited by Prof. Schmiedel, was published lation by B. P., probably Bartholomew Pratt," from the Latin at Nuremberg in 1753.
edition of 1514. A translation by the Rev. C. Swan, first pub
lished in 2 vols. in 1824, forms part of Bohn's antiquarian library, GESSNER, SOLOMON (1730-1788), Swiss painter and poet, and was re-edited by Wynnard Hooper in 1877 (see also the latter's was born at Zürich ôn the ist of April 1730. With the exception edition in 1894). The German translation was first printed at Augsof some time (1749-1750) spent in Berlin and Hamburg, where he burg: 1489. A French version, under the title of Le Violier des
histoires romaines moralisés, appeared in the carly part of the 16th came under the influence of Ramler and Hagedorn, he passed century, and went through a number of editions; it has been rethe whole of his life in his native town, where he carried on the printed by G. Brunet (Paris, 1858). Critical editions of the Latin business of a bookseller. He died on the end of March 1788. text have been produced by A. Keller (Stuttgart, 1842) and Oesterley. The first of his writings that attracted attention was his Lied (Berlin, 1872)." See also Warton, “On the Gesta Romanorum, eines Schweizers an sein bewaffnetes Mädchen (1751). Then Illustrations of Shakespeare, vol. ii.; Frederick Madden, Introduction
dissertation iíi., prefixed to the History of English Poelry; Douce, followed Daphnis (1754), Idyllen (1756 and 1772), Inkel and to the Roxburghe Clubs edition of The Old English Versions of the Yariko (1756), a version of a story borrowed from the Spectator Gesta Romanorum (1838). (No. 11, 13th of March 1711) and already worked out by Gellert GETA, PUBLIUS SEPTIMIUS (189–212), younger son of the and Bodmer, and Der Tod Abels (1758), a sort of idyllic pastoral. Roman emperor Septimius Severus, was born at Mediolanum It is somewhat difficult for us now to understand the reason of (Milan). In 198 he received the title ot Caesar, and in 209 those of Gessner's universal popularity, unless it was the taste of the imperator and Augustus. Between him and his brother Caracalla