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Maria Sibylla Merian sailed from Europe to the Dutch colony of Surinam, in South America, in 1699. These images are taken from her 1705 book, Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium (Metamorphosis of the insects of Surinam), a beautifully illustrated work on natural history. In format, it anticipates Curtis's Botanical Magazine with each figure accompanied by a page of explanatory text.



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