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Author Merian, Maria Sibylla, 1647-1717, author.

Title The Surinam album / Maria Sibylla Merian.

Published London : Folio Society, c2006.
London Folio Society, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail SpC/BX ef  595.709883 MERI    NOT FOR LOAN
Edition Facsimile edition.
Physical description 91 unnumbered leaves of plates : coloured illustrations ; 54 x 38 cm + book (87 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.) and 3 prints.
Notes "The plates in this facsimile edition of The Surinam Album have been reproduced by digital photography from the original album in the British Museum, London, and printed at Cambridge University Press on Furioso paper. The album has been hand-bound by Smith Settle, Yeadon, Yorkshire, using Merian Wove toned rag-content paper for the leaves, Nigerian goatskin leather for the spine, and cloth sides foil-blocked with a design by David Eccles based on Plate 38, the hawkmoth. The edition is limited to 1000 numbered copies for sale to members of The Folio Society and 20 lettered copies which are not for sale" -- leaf [92]
Accompanying commentary by Julie Harvey.
Maps on endpapers in accompanying book.
Bibliography Bibliography (in accompanying book): 85-87.
Contents The Surinam album : commentary / Julie Harvey: The historical background -- Introduction -- Maria Sibylla Merian, her family and early years -- Marriage and first publications -- Entomology in the seventeenth century -- Life with the Labadists -- Life in Amsterdam -- Early works on the natural history of South America and Surinam -- A brief history of seventeenth-century Surinam -- Sugar and slavery -- Life in Surinam -- Maria Sibylla Merian and the natural history of Surinam -- Back in Amsterdam -- Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium -- Post-170f and posthumous publications -- The British Museum Surinam watercolours -- Natural history content of the watercolours -- Influences and technique -- Maria Sibylla Merian's legacy -- The commentary -- Introduction -- Plate-by-plate commentary.
Summary 91 watercolour facsimiles from the Maria Sibylla Merian Collection in the British Museum. One of the foremost botanical and naturalist artists of all time, Maria Sibylla Merian's achievements have been recognised with no fewer than six plants, nine butterflies and two beetles being named after her. The full set of the original watercolours from the British Museum has never been reproduced before, although Merian's early engravings are among the most collectable of all botanical art. In this Folio Society facsimile these skilful original paintings, of great historical significance, are made available in a format worthy of their importance and beauty.
Notes Quarter bound in leather. Blocked in gold and silver with a design by David Eccles. Presented in a buckram-bound box (solander, 57 x 40 cm) with gold blocked titling on black goatskin.
Local note SpC/EF copy presented by Vam Deo Dhar. It includes the prospectus.
Other author Harvey, Julie M. V., author of additional commentary.
Subject Natural history illustration -- Suriname -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Insects -- Suriname -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Plants -- Suriname -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Vertebrates -- Suriname -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Suriname -- Pictorial works -- Early works to 1800.
Local donor Dhar, Vam Deo Donor.