Coenen's handwritten and illustrated books are of great cultural value and is full of texts from many different sources. For marine ecologists his own observations on fishes, fisheries and trade in the 16th century form the most valuable part.
A contemporary 16th century account on the abundance of fish and on fisheries that took part, that's unique.
A paper revealing this content, written by me with the help of fishery biologist Adriaan Rijnsdorp, appeared in press in 2015:
Lineage of Coenens sources|
In his rich illustrated books Coenen combined early scientific knowledge with medieval fantasies in a most natural way.
Although he knew a great number of species he copied the greatest part of his texts and illustrations from other authors.
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|* = works based on own observations.||W = number of illustrations in Walvisboeck||V = number of illustrations in Visboeck|