Paris: Louis Charles Desnos, 1771.
Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 13 14 x 8 5/8 inches, sheet measures 18 3/8 x 13 inches.
Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 - 1717) was a naturalist and an artist. She and her daughter Dorothea traveled to Surinam in order to study metamorphosis. They stayed in the Dutch colony from 1699 to 1701, studying and painting insects, animals, and plants. They returned to Amsterdam and Merian published her seminal work on Surinam in 1705. Daniel Rabel (1578-1637) was an engineer, painter, and designer. Louis Charles Desnos (1725 - 1805) was a cartographer and publisher from Paris, France. He was the Royal Globe Maker for the Kind of Denmark, Christian VII, and published a large number of maps during his time. Desnos made a compilation of the works of Maria Sibylla Merian and Daniel Rabel with French botanist Pierre-Joseph Buchoz in 1771 from the original plates that he obtained at an auction in Paris called Histoire Generale des Insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe... Plate XXXXIII has some toning and light staining and uneven margins but otherwise good condition. Three lovely iris flowers are shown in side profile with a bulb.
Illustrator: Maria Sibylla Merian