20 MERIAN, Maria Sibylla De Europischen insecten195


Author: MERIAN, Maria Sibylla
Description: De Europischen insecten…na 't leven geschildert, en in print gebragt door Maria Sibilla Meriaen : hier is nog bijgevoegt een nauwkeurige beschrijving van de planten…..
Amsterdam, J. F. Bernard, 1730. Folio (520 x 360mm), with 184 finely coloured engraved plates on 47 sheets + 2 engraved vignettes. wide margins, a fine binding of Contemporary calf, with gilt central sprays on both covers, borders with gilt designs of butterflies and insects, rebacked, a beautiful copy in fine old colour.

First Dutch edition. Originally this work was published as "Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandelung and sonderbare Blumennahrung" Nuremberg, 1679-83 in 4° with 100 plates. In 1730 it was issued for the first time as an augmented folio-edition with 184 engraved illustrations with text in Dutch and then French, both printed in Amsterdam.

A tall copy of "the most magnificent work on insects so far produced" (P. Dance, The Art of Natural History, London: 1989, p. 50). "Her portrayals of living insects and other animals were imbued with a charm, a minuteness of observation and an artistic sensibility that had not previously been seen in a natural history book". Merian's "artistic groupings of the insects amidst the tropical flora makes this book one of the most beautiful and unusual in the whole range of natural history" (Landwehr Dutch Books with Coloured Plates, p.28). Small tear repaired on one text leaf, a beautiful copy.

Hunt, 467; Nissen (BBI), 1341; Landwehr, 132; Buchanan, p.14-16; Pritzel, 6105
Stock No.5901
Technique: £22,500
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  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum