Georg Wolfgang Franz Panzer (1755-1829) was a physician and entomologist with an extensive insect collection. One day in 1787 he found a teenage boy standing on his doorstep, saying he had been sent by the botanist Johann Christian Daniel Schreber (1739-1810) to look at his insect collection. In the boys hand was a paper-wrapped copper… Read More Sturm and Panzer
From the Dictionnaire Universel d’Histoire Naturelle. (Paris : Renard, 1841-1849) Authored by Charles d’Orbigny, who was the assistant naturalist at the French National Museum of Natural History from 1837 to 1864. A male dobson fly, Corydalus cornutus Linnaeus, 1758 The artist was Blanchard (Olivia Celest Blanchard?), and the image was engraved by A. Fournier. Unfortunately, I could find… Read More Blanchard’s Corydalus cornutus–the male Dobson fly.
Der Insecten-Belustigung, Second Volume is the title. This would be one of the opening plates (as posted online by The World Archive of Sciences) of this edition, but the WAS Google Drive archive folder ‘A Bug’s Life‘ has only the colour plates included, and shows little else about this volume. A search on the WAS… Read More The Pleasure of Insects
The insect cabinet of the Dutch cloth merchant, Levinus Vincent (1658-1727). Wondertooneel der Nature (“Theatre of Nature’s Marvels”) was featured on BiblioOdyssy back in 2008. I came across the article last week, and I was pleased to hear of another Dutchman who had created a ‘rariteitenkabinet‘. Read the article for more information and links to… Read More Wondertooneel der Nature