Leiden: Rumphius, 1705. First edition. Archivally Framed. Fine hand-colored copperplate engraving. 10 x 15 inches. Archivally matted and framed to 16.5 x 21.5 inches, as shown.
Although best known for her revolutionary discoveries of the metamorphosis of the caterpillar, and her painterly compositions for her masterpiece: Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) provided the precise and exacting illustrations for this work. Rumphius, commissioned by the Dutch East India Company, traveled to Ambon, as deputy prefect, and as a passion studied and documented the natural order of the island. His legacy, the Rariteitkamer, published posthumously, included natural objects such as these decorative dendrite stones.
Dendrites of Iron oxide and manganese oxide on limestone, were shaped for emblems and jewelry. Fine. Item #6428