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The Mapping of North America

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Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) is most famous for two published works, the ‘Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium’ first published in 1705 and ‘De Europische Insecten’ of 1730, both published in Amsterdam. Maria was the daughter of Matthias Merian (1593-1650) a noted engraver and publisher. She devoted her life to the study of insects and their metamorphoses. Noting the fascinating insects returning from the Dutch colony in South America, she set sail with her daughter Dorothea in 1699 for Surinam where she remained until 1701. Her work was the first to show the European public the beauty and wealth of the insect life in the region. The various stages of caterpillar and butterfly are all shown amongst native flora and fruiting plants. The daughter Maria returned to Surinam to complete with work which was expanded with 12 further plates and published two years after her mother’s death in 1719. A third edition appeared in 1726. Dunthorne (1938) 205; ‘Great Flower Books’ (1956) p. 67; Hunt (1958) 467; Landwehr (1976) 131; Nissen (1966) 1341.
MERIAN, Maria Sibylla

Potato with Large Horned Beetle

Potato with Large Horned Beetle (decorative print)
Amsterdam, 1726
13.5 x 10.5 inches, modern coloured copperplate engraving. Plate 50.
Stock number: D3286
$ 1250
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