De Europische Insecten Nankearig onderzogt, na't leven gefchildert, en in print gebragt door Maria Sibilla Merian MERIAN, Maria Sibylla (1647-1717). Published by Amsterdam: J.F. Bernard, 1730, 1730
De Europische Insecten Nankearig onderzogt, na't leven gefchildert, en in print gebragt door Maria Sibilla Merian
Published by Amsterdam: J.F. Bernard, 1730, 1730
Folio (20 x 13 1/4 in.; 50.8 x 33.7 cm). Half-title, engraved handcolored title (in French), letterpress title printed in red and black with fine handcolored engraved vignette, 184 engraved plates on 94 leaves all with fine original handcoloring, engraved handcolored tailpiece at the end. Contemporary speled boards; rebacked in calf at an early date and worn, front free endpaper loose. A FINE, BRIGHT COPY OF THE FIRST FOLIO EDITION, in Dutch, with the complete suite of the plates. Iously published in quarto format as "Der raupen wunderbare verwandelung und sonderbare blumennahrung" (1679-1683) with 100 plates, it was augmented to 150 in "Die rupsen begin, voedsel, en wonderbaare verandering" in 1713-1714. A Latin version, "Erucarum ortus, alimentum et paradoxa metamorphosis" appeared in 1730 and provided the immediate source for a Dutch translation , which Merian's daughter Johanna Helena saw through the press, and was in turn th source of the French translation also published by Bernard in 1730. "Her interest to botanists stems from the fact that she chose to portray the insects in their natural settings and so incidentally produced paintings and engravings" with background plants that "caused Blunt to reckon her among the finest botanical artists in the period immediately following the death of Nicolas Robert" (Cleveland Herbal). REFERENCES: cf. Hunt 483 and Cleveland Herbal 368 (French ed.) PROVENANCE: Bookplate with the initials "B.L." on front pastedown (L65V4E).