MERIAN, Maria Sibylla. Premiere Partie Des Plantes et Insectes De L'Europe. Paris:Huquier, [c. 1750]

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4 parts in one volume, large 4to (10 3/4 x 8 in.; 27.5 x 20 cm.). 4 engraved sectional titles, 183 engraved plain plates (3 of the sectional titles included in the plate collation, numbered as follows: title 1: 1bis; title 2: 51bis; title 3: 101); lacking 3 plates (170-172), minor spotting or staining, slightly bowed, corners bumped, Contemporary speckled vellum, red edges. Maria Sibyla Merian was the daughter of the well-known Swiss engraver and publisher Matthäus Merian. On her father's premature death, her Dutch mother married the flower painter Jacob Marrell, from whom she received her artistic training. From childhood, Maria was primarily interested in entomology. She was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly and her work was celebrated for its scientific accuracy and for bringing a new standard of precision to scientific illustration. PROVENANCE:"The gift of Sophia Countess of Haddington, to the Library at Tynninghame, 1795", inscription to front free endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 6BBB77