Early botanical color copper engraving of a branch with white Hibiscus buds, flowers and seed pod as well as the stages of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. It's inscribed on the lower right P. Sluyter P. 42 which stands for engraver Pieter SLUYTER (1675-1715) and Plate 42 (entitled Hibiscus) of Maria Sibylla Merian's book Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium. Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 - 1717) was a German naturalist and scientific illustrator. In 1699 the city of Amsterdam awarded her a grant to travel to the Dutch colony of Surinam where she spent two years. Upon her return she published her findings in Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium, the book that made her famous. Printed on laid paper with watermark of Strasbourg lily (also referred to as Fleur-de-Lis on a Crowned Shield) with initials 4WR below visible when held against the light (see last photo). Comes beautifully matted and framed and is ready to display. In very good condition with light toning as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Sheet size: 19.5" by 13" (49.5 cm by 33 cm); Plate Mark: 14.4" by 10.8" (36.5 cm by 27.5 cm); Frame: 24.25" by 19.25".