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The Book of Nature or the History of Insects. John SWAMMERDAM.
The Book of Nature or the History of Insects
The Book of Nature or the History of Insects

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. [4], xx, [8], 236, 153, [1], lxiii, [1], [12]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.

Item #35708

Price: $3,750.00

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