Description: This rare antique engraving originates from: ‘Historiae Naturalis. De Insectis Libri III.’ (Volume 3 of Historiae Naturalis.) by John Johnston, published in Frankfurt by Matthias Merian in 1657.
Artists and Engravers: John Johnston (or Johnstone, 1603-1675) was a descendant of a Scottish family. Born in Sambter, Poland, he studied extensively at the famous universities of the day, including St. Andrews, Scotland, Cambridge & Leiden. After many years traveling in Europe, he settled in Silesia. Matthaus Merian was a leading German engraver of the day, from a prominent family of engravers and artists, and the father of Maria Merian.
- Subject: Tab III: This plate shows insect species; Schneider, Graswatze ex Moust – Perlae Libellae Maximae (Odanata, Dragonfly, Damselfly). Wasserspinne, Wassermucken, Tipulae Moust (Mosquitoes).
- Size (in inch): The overall size is ca. 8.3 x 13.8 inch. The image size is ca. 6.7 x 11.4 inch.
- Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 21 x 35 cm. The image size is ca. 17 x 29 cm.
- Medium: Copper plate engraving on verge type hand-laid paper with watermark.
- Condition: Good. General age related toning and minimal staining.