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Variae ac multiformes florum species expressae ad vivum et aeneis tabulis incisae

Variae ac multiformes florum species expressae ad vivum et aeneis tabulis incisae

Nicolas Robert (1614-1684). Variae ac multiformes florum species expressae ad vivum et aeneis tabulis incisae. Rome: Aeditae a Io. Iacobo de Rubeis Romae, 1665.

The plates in this work are indicative of Robert's early style, and they demonstrate his lifelong interest in botany.  Robert's 1665 work was clearly a reference point for the 1771 publication of Merian's Histoire générale des insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe (originally published in 1705), as demonstrated by a comparison of Robert's Viola lutea grandiflora with Merian's Violier de montagne jaune.  The details are very similar, except that the Merian image includes a dragonfly and a spider's web.

Robert and Merian
Robert's Viola lutea grandiflora with Merian's Violier de montagne jaune

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