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Pioneering work by female entomologist


A rare first edition of the 300-year-old book in which the entomologist, artist and explorer Maria Sibylla Merian details the insects of Suriname is expected to fetch up to £120,000 when it is auctioned at Sotheby’s on Tuesday.

Showing exquisitely detailed images of the plants, insects, spiders, butterflies and amphibians of Suriname at the turn of the 18th century, Merian’s Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium caused a sensation when it was published in 1705, with George III acquiring her work for the royal collection. Sotheby’s said it was “one of the most important natural history books of the period”, with very few studies of insects having been done previously, and Merian one of the first naturalists to observe them directly, as well as one of the first female scientific explorers.

Read the full Guardian article by Alison Flood: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/13/pioneering-work-by-female-entomologist-goes-up-for-auction
A three-hundred-year-old guide to the insects of Suriname by artist and explorer Maria Sibylla Merian is expected to fetch £120,000