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Historia Naturalis de Insectis

17th century. Original printed in 1653. Johannes Jonstonus. Private collection. Latin.

The extraordinary taxonomic work carried out by Jonstonus is evident in this treatise as in all his work.

28 copper plates depicting an infinite number of butterflies, dragonflies and striking insects. The fame and success of this book stems from the engravings by the great master Matthäus Merian, who was born in Switzerland but travelled all over Europe as far as England, where he even worked for the famous painter Van Dyck.

276 pages, 220 x 380 mm.

Leather binding, in the purest handcrafted style, and period slipcase. Accompanied by a study book including the first Spanish version of the original Latin text.

Limited edition of 898 numbered copies with notarial certificate.

National Prize 2006. Best books published in 2005. Ministry of Culture. Modality: facsimile books.