SWAMMERDAM, John (1637-1680)
The Book of Nature or the History of Insects
London: C. G. Seyffert, 1758. Folio. Title printed in red and black and with an engraved vignette. , xx, , 236, 153, , lxiii, , pp., plus 53 engraved plates. Errata on verso of the terminal leaf.
Contemporary calf, spine with raised bands in seven compartments, red morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with a repeat overall decoration in gilt
Provenance: Thomas Sneyd Kynnersley (armorial bookplate)
First edition in English, edited and with additions by Sir John Hill: a lovely copy in a very fine contemporary binding.
The Dutch biologist Jan Swammerdam (1637-1680) was one of the first researchers to study insect metamorphosis and using the recently-invented microscope, he proved that metamorphosis was the life cycle of a single insect rather than the rebirth of different animals. First published in 1669 as Historia Insectorum Generalis , this first English translation of the Historia, published in 1758, was edited by the influential botanist Sir John Hill.
Nissen IVB 4057.