13 July 2016
LADMIRAL, Jacob (1700-1770). Naauwkeurige waarneemingen omtrent de veranderingen van veele insekten of gekorvene diertjes. Amsterdam: Johannes Sluyter, 1774.
2° (430 x 265mm). Engraved title-page with hand-coloured vignette, 33 hand-coloured plates. (Light creasing on title and first leaves.) Contemporary half calf over boards, gilt spine with morocco lettering piece (extremities rubbed, corners bumped and spine ends chipped).
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 were 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 (1647-1717), copying the layout and format of her work on Surinam insects. 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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