Histoire générale des insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe
Maria Sibylla Merian. Histoire générale des insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe. Paris: L. C. Desnos, 1771.
This 1771 publication includes the text of Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium, first published in Latin and Dutch in 1705. Merian had drawn and studied insects at length during her youth in Germany. Inspired by the number and variety of tropical species being brought back by the Dutch, she decided to visit the colony of Surinam to study and record the indigenous insect life there.
The numerous translations and editions of Merian's work are testimony to the popularity of her work throughout Europe in the century following the original publication of Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium.
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