Merian & Jonston 1650-7 Insects .

 

John Johnston ( Jonston, Jonstone 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. In 1622 Jonston studied at several centres in Prussia, after that, he visited England and Scotland (collecting already in 1623 valuable information about some British species). After travelling around Germany, France, Italy and Holland, he came back to Britain, to study in Cambridge and London. Afterwards, he graduated in Medicine in Leyden, Dutch city in which he was offered the Medicine chair at University and where he published his first works. Several years later, he was offer the same chair at the electorate of Brandenburg, preferring, however, to continue studying in private and develop his masterpiece: the Historia Naturalis, which would be published for the first time in Frankfurt am Main between 1649 and 1653.The second edition of the work, including trees and plants, would be released in Amsterdam between 1657 and 1663. After many years traveling in Europe, he settled in Silesia.
Merian, was a long  lineage of printers, artists  and superb engravers. Matthaeus Merian senior (1593 – 1650) was the printer and father of the Matthaeus Merian brothers junior (1621 - 1687), Kaspar Merian (1627) and their sister María Sibylla Merian (1647 - 1717), the latter from his second marriage to a Dutch woman. Sibylla was firstly an entomologist and a great draftswoman, painter and engraver of plants and insects her work is in the botanical section . However, the most hard working artist of the family was Matthaeus Merian junior, to whom Jonston’s most famous copper engravings have been attributed. More than one plate of this encyclopaedia has the signature Matthaeus Merian Junior Fecit

Jonstone  domesticated animals at Farm 3   click here, birds , marine life , fish, reptiles + amphibiainsects  etc ** These are all sold as issued uncoloured and could be tinted by their new owners if wished but I sell 'as is' because many of our items also go to libraries to repair damaged books. They are thus way cheaper than copies where the seller has paid for a pricey tint **


19. insect species; Vermes arboreae. Xylophthori Aldro. Eruca Viridis ligustrina, mespilana, quercina, vinula, fusca major etc (Caterpillars).

  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery




Tab XXI : caterpillars.
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery


Tab XXII : caterpillars./ Ericarum
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery



17.Formicae , Cimices  /wood ants, mound ants, thatching ants, and field ants.bed bugs etc
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery


23. insect species; Bombyces, Aldrov. Seidenwurm (Silkworms) - Scolopendre (Centipedes).
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery


16. insects; beetles, stag beetle, Spanish fly, tiger beetles, buprestis species etc. Congener Tauri volantis Bras plateTab XVI  of Beetles
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery


14. insect species; Scarabaei, Schroter, Aldrovandi (Beetles, Stag Beetle).//Scarabaei Schroter Aldrovandi
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery


15.various insects; beetles, rhinoceros beetle, scarab beetles, oil beetles etc./ Scarabaei  ex Moseto
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery



28. insects and echinoderms; Insecta Varia ad loca sua referenda. Musca, Papiliones, Tarantula (Butterflies, Tarantula, Spider). Vermes in tubulis delitescentes. Physali Mouf., Cincindel, Teredines, Stello Mar (Sea Star, Starfish).
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery


27. Insects; Squillae Aquaticae Mouf. (Mantis Shrimp) - Notonecta (Backswimmer) - Scorpiones Aquatici, Lacertae Aquiticae Forsiculae, Locustae Mouf., Cantharis Aquatica, Tipulae (Crane flies) - Cicada, Pulices, Oestrus Asilg, Meeresel, Meerleuss (Beetles, Cicada).
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery



1nsect species; Locustae, Indicae, Heimichen Grylli, Grylln (Locust, Cricket).
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery




Tab XX : caterpillars.
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery


18. Scorpiones Terrestres / various insects / arachnids; scorpions, spiders.
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £48 ea inc delivery




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