King Solomon's Ring (book)

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First edition
(publ. Verlag Dr. G. Borotha-Schoeler)

King Solomon's Ring is a general-audience zoological book, written by Austrian scientist Konrad Lorenz in 1949. The first English-language edition was published in 1952.

The English title refers to the legendary Seal of Solomon, a ring that supposedly gave King Solomon the power to speak to animals. Lorenz claimed to have achieved this feat of communication with several species, by raising them in and around his home and observing their behavior. King Solomon's Ring describes the methods of his investigation, and his resulting conclusions about animal psychology.


  • Konrad Lorenz (1961) King Solomon's Ring Translated by Marjorie Kerr Wilson. Methuen, London. 202 pages. ISBN 0-416-53860-6