10 December 1999
MERIAN, Maria Sibylla (1647-1717). Over de Voortteeling en Wonderbaerlyke veranderingen der Surinaamsche Insecten. Amsterdam: Jean Frederic Bernard, 1730.
2o (525 x 351 mm). 72 engraved plates after Merian by J. Mulder, P. Sluyter and D. Stoopendaal (lacks allegorical frontispiece, some occasional light spotting). Contemporary mottled calf, gilt panelled, with gilt central motif (very worn, spine missing, front cover detached and first few pages loose).
Third edition with Dutch text of Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (Amsterdam, 1705), including the twelve additional plates by Merian's eldest daughter, Joanna. The "artistic grouping 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). Uncolored copies are rare. Dunthorne 205; Landwehr 130; Nissen BBI 1341.
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