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Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: Helen and Kurt Wolff, New York and London, 1974. Book Condition: Very Good. 2 vols: 319, 50 col plates, 17 col folding plates. 475x370mm. HB. Copy no 312/1750. 2 vols (Plates/Commentary), folio, vellum spines, marbled boards. Vol. 1 consists 50 loose colour facsimile plates of originals in the Library of the Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg (former Leningrad), each with numbered text wrapper boxed in a foldover case with marbled boards, slightly rubbed, one corner bumped, vellum spine, and slightly spotted cloth edges. Vol. 2 is bound in qtr vellum, small bruise to spine, marbled boards, top edge slightly spotted, small spot to fore-edge. With 17 folding plates with 146 watercolours by Merian. Very good set without the slipcase. Multi-lingual text (German/English/French/Russian/Latin). Limited edition of 1,750 numbered copies.Maria Sibylla Merian, also known as Anna Maria Sibylla (1647 - 1717) was German-born naturalist, artist and explorer. At a time when it was not customary for women to pursue careers in the sciences, she became a pioneering entomologist. Her work changed the field of entomology forever, for she was one of the first naturalists to cultivated live insects, which gave her powerful insights into their natural history and behaviours. Contrary to the prevailing notion of the time that insects were spontaneously created, Merian discovered that many insects went through distinct developmental transformations. Through her accurate and realist illustrations of insects and their food plants, she was the first to document these life stages for the public. Merian is now recognised as one of the best insect (and flower) scientific illustrators of her day – and indeed, of all time.The year of Merian’s death, her paintings were purchased for Peter I, tsar of Russia. Her daughter, Dorothea Maria subsequently was summoned to St. Petersburg, where she worked as a scientific illustrator for the tsar and became the first woman to be employed by the Russian Academy of Sciences. . Bookseller Inventory # 30049
Book Description Harcourt, Brace, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 2 volume boxed set, Vol. 1: Facsimile & Vol. II: Commentary, each 14 1/2" X 18 3/4", text in English, German, French & Russian, #355/1750, s/c has light extremity wear with an approx. 5" corner separation, books in Fine condition, NOT EXLIB. Bookseller Inventory # 9099