Maria Sibylla Merian

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Born in Frankfurt in 1647 to a family of artisans, Maria Sibylla Merian learned the printmaking trade from a young age. As she matured, Merian developed a great interest in insects, which she collected, studied, and drew. At the age of 52, Merian left her home in Amsterdam and traveled with her daughter Dorothea Maria to the Dutch colony of Surinam on the northeastern coast of South America. There, she spent two years observing the indigenous plants and insects, studying and painting them from life. This endeavor resulted in one of the most significant natural history folios of the 18th century, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, the culmination of her career as an artist and naturalist. Merian is one of the first entomologist to discover and document insect metamorphosis.

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 3, Soursop

$4,800.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 3, Soursop from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed on [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 6, Thistle

$3,500.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 6, Thistle from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed on [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 20, Great Owlet Moth

$5,200.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 20, Great Owlet Moth from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 22, Red Amaryllis

$5,200.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 22, Red Amaryllis from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 25, Vanilla Plant

$2,800.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 25, Vanilla Plant from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 33, Fig

$5,000.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 33, Fig from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed on [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 35, Painted Lady

$3,800.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 35, Painted Lady from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 37, Hibiscus, Indian Sorrel

$4,200.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 37, Hibiscus, Indian Sorrel from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 39, Emperor Moth

$2,300.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 39, Emperor Moth from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 48, Tabrouba Tree w/Stag, Capricorn & Herculo Beetles

$4,800.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 48, Tabrouba Tree w/Stag, Capricorn & Herculo Beetles from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 49, Lantern Fly with Pomegranate Flower

$5,500.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 49, Lantern Fly with Pomegranate Flower from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 59, Female Toad and Young with Watercress

$4,500.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 59, Female Toad and Young with Watercress from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1726 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1726, Pl. 64, Papaya

$5,200.00

The Merian 1726, Pl. 64, Papaya from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed on [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1771 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1771, Pl. 22, Red Amaryllis

$3,200.00

The Merian 1771, Pl. 22, Red Amaryllis from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1771 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1771, Pl. 24, Large Horned Beetle

$2,800.00

The Merian 1771, Pl. 24, Large Horned Beetle from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. [...]

Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium - 1771 Edition – Antique Originals

Merian 1771, Pl. 25, Vanilla Plant

$1,600.00

The Merian 1771, Pl. 25, Vanilla Plant from Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname captures the developmental cycle of the insect framed by the native Surinamese flora. This 18th-century hand-colored engraving bears the platemark – a rectangular depression in the paper around the perimeter of the image area – from the intaglio printing process. Printed [...]