Histoire Naturelle des Insectes traduite du Biblia Naturae de Jean Swammerdam.
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Dijon, Desventes, 1758. 4to (265 x 205mm). pp. lx, 673, with 36 folded engraved plates. Recent halfcalf, gilt lettered spine.
Published as Tome V of the 'Collection Académique, composée des mémoires, actes ou journaux des plus célèbres Académies & Sociétés Littéraires Étrangères...'. 'Çe tome cinquieme renfermant un corps d'observations assez complet sur les insectes, & n'ayant pas encore été traduit en françois, nous offrons de le vendre séparément' (from the 'avis du libraire'). The present volume contains the entomological part of Swammerdam's famous 'Biblia Naturae' and is the first French translation. "The Biblia Naturae is the finest collection of microscopical observations ever produced by one worker ... The book is consulted by naturalists to this day. Some of the figures have never been excelled ... "(Singer). Swammerdam was able to illustrate for the first time the complex internal structures of insects, including their reproductive organs; and to demonstrate the gradual development of an insect's adult from throughout all its larval stages. Small part cut out of title page not affecting the text. A rare work.
Nissen ZBI, 4058.