STOLL, Caspar (c.1730-1791)
Natuurlyke en naar 't ieeven naauwkeuig Gekleurde Afbeeldingen en Beschrijvingen der Spooken, Wandelende Bladen, Zaabel-Spring-Haanen, Krekels, Trek-Springhanen en Kakkerlakken ...
Amsterdam: Jan Christaan Sepp et Fils, [1787-]1813. Two volumes in one, quarto. (12 x 9 1/2 inches). Hand coloured illustrated titles, 70 hand coloured engraved plates (25 in the first part, 45 in the second part).
Contemporary red morocco backed red paper covered boards, covers elaborately decorated in gilt, spine with raised bands in seven compartments, green morocco lettering piece in the second the others with a repeat decoration in gilt
Stunning hand colored illustrated monograph on mantises, stick insects, grasshoppers and related insects: among the most beautiful of 18th-century Dutch entomological books.
Stoll worked with Pieter Cramer on his monumental work on butterflies, becoming its principal author after Cramer's death. Contemporary records describe him as being a clerk in the Admiralty of Amsterdam, but was evidently well regarded as an amateur entomologist and collector of specimens. The beautiful work is published by Jan Christiaan Sepp, the most acclaimed Dutch publisher of colored natural history books of the 18th century. Following the publication of Stoll's monographs on cicadas and insects from the order heteroptera, he published the present work on the mantis, grasshoppers, stick insects and others. The work includes depictions of specimens from the cabinets of Holthusien, Raye de Breukelerwaerth and other Dutch wunderkammer, with specimens from Surinam, Coromandel, Amboine, the Cape of Good Hope, Ceylon, Java, China, America and other exotic locations.
Nissen ZBI 4002; Landwehr 192; Hagen, p. 199; Horn & Schenkling, p. 1193.