Metamorphosis Naturalis, ofte historische beschryvinghe van den oirspronk, aerd, eygenschappen ende vreemde veranderinghen der wormen, rupsen, maeden, vliegen, witjens, byen,motten...
Middelburg, J. Fierens (1662-1669). 3 volumes. Small-8vo (150 x 92mm). pp. (40), 152, 16; (24), 288, (16); (18), 208, with 3 handcoloured engraved frontispieces, 1 handcoloured engraved portrait of Goedaert and 152 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates on 126 leaves. Later green morocco, richly gilt ornamented spines, with red gilt lettered label, sides with gilt border.
"First edition of the first basic work on entomology. It is also the first colour plate book in theLow Countries" (Landwehr 64). One of the very rare coloured copies. The coloured copies were illuminated by the author (See Landwehr p. 3). Johannes Goedaert (1617-1668) was a famous Dutch landscape and flower painter who lived all his life in Middelburg. "No botanical or zoological drawings are extant. An impression of them however is conveyed by his 'Metamorphosis Naturalis' with its 126 superb engravings. The book describes the results of his investigation into the metamorphosis of insects, accompanied by a large amount of original observations, some of which were prompted by experiments with his own cultures. The book stood model for several other celebrated treatises on the subject, for example Maria Sibylla Merian" (Segal, Flowers and nature, p. 198). A fine copy with superb colouring of the frontispieces, plates and portrait. Landwehr, Studies in Dutch Books with coloured plates, 64.
Item nr. 9714
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