[Item #55045] Die Schönsten Tafeln aus dem Grossen Buch der Schmetterlinge und Plfanzen: Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium [FACSIMILE]. Maria Sibylla MERIAN, Gerhard NEBEL, ed.

Die Schönsten Tafeln aus dem Grossen Buch der Schmetterlinge und Plfanzen: Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium [FACSIMILE]

Hamburg: Hoffman und Campe Verlag, 1964. Folio and portfolio (47cm). White cloth-covered portfolio (47cm), with spine and board fore-edges in black leather, stamped in silver on spine and in red and gold on front; containing softcover booklet, backed in white bookcloth; 64pp; with 17 loose plates (16 in color, one in black and white), each 46x30cm. A bright copy, with minor soiling to cloth of portfolio, gold stamping on front gently rubbed, one or two minor creases to paper flaps inside portfolio, edges of pamphlet very lightly rubbed, slight toning to verso of some plates along upper margin: Very Good.

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), an extraordinary German naturalist and illustrator. She was the first European woman to undertake an indepedent scientific expedition in South America. She published Metamorphosis herself in 1705 after her trip to Suriname, during which she discovered and classified a range of previously unknown species. Her illustrations depict multiple stages in the life cycle of the same insect, interacting with plants. This facsimile reproduces 17 of the most impressive plates from Metamorphosis, with an introductory essay by Gerhard Nebel.

Price: $300.00

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