12 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 2,500
Estimate GBP 2,200 - GBP 2,600
LADMIRAL, Jacob (1700-1770). Naauwkeurige waarneemingen omtrent de veranderingen van veele insekten of gekorvene diertjes. Amsterdam: Johannes Sluyter, 1774.
2°, (483 x 282 mm). Engraved title-page with hand-coloured vignette, 33 hand-coloured plates. (Occasional very light browning.) Contemporary half calf over decorative paper covered boards, gilt spine with red morocco gilt lettering piece (extremities rubbed, corners slightly bumped, covers lightly rubbed).
SECOND ENLARGED EDITION with fine hand-coloured engravings by Ladmiral, Dutch artist and entomologist. 'One year after the author's death his collection of butterflies and other insects was sold in auction. The copperplates of the first edition and letterpress was bought ... by Sluyter. Houttuyn who had borrowed eight plates with description from Ladmiral when he was working on the section Butterflies for his edition of Linnaeus, offered the publisher to edit these together with the first 25 plates. In total seventy metamorphoses are depicted on thirty-three plates' (Landwehr). Ladmiral was fascinated by entomology and the process of metamorphosis, and it is no surprise that he decided to accurately portray this aspect of nature in his work. In doing so, he was heavily influenced by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-717), copying her layout and format from her work on Surinam insects. From the present edition, we learn that Ladmiral made his last entomological observations in 1757 and Landwehr (p.31) suggests that he was discouraged from completing this second edition by the appearance of other important works by the likes of Johann Roesel von Rosenhof (see lot 165). BM (NH) III 1043 'Wanting the Vorrede (2pp.) by Houttuyn, and the text, Sig. A-J (34pp.)'; Landwehr 105; Nissen ZBI 2358.
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