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Author Etheridge, A. Kay, 1954- author.

Title The flowering of ecology : Maria Sibylla Merian's caterpillar book / by Kay Etheridge ; M.S. Merian's original texts translated from the German by Michael Ritterson.

Publication Info. Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2021.

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Description 1 online resource
Series Emergence of Natural History ; volume 3
Emergence of natural history ; volume 3.
Contents Intro -- Contents -- Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Illustrations -- Part 1 The Flowering of Ecology -- Chapter 1 Before the Transformation -- Introduction -- Art and Science Intertwined -- Insects in Drawings and Manuscripts -- Still Life Painting -- Finding God in Nature -- Natural History of Insects in Printed Works -- Publishing Illustrated Natural History Books -- Studies of Insect Metamorphosis -- Chapter 2 A Life Investigated -- Growing up in Frankfurt am Main -- Early Fascination with Insects -- Marriage and the Move to Nuremberg -- The Flower Books
Beginnings of the Raupen Books -- Merian's Motivations -- Chapter 3 Described and Painted from Life -- Fieldwork: The Basis of Merian's Empirical Studies -- Laboratory Work -- Merian's Study Journal -- Merian's Other Sources of Information -- Illustrating the Raupen Book -- Composing the Images -- Making the Plates -- Merian's Counterproofs -- Composing the Text -- Financing, Printing and Marketing the Raupen Book -- Chapter 4 For the Benefit of Naturalists -- The Rupsen Books -- The Last Caterpillar Book -- Later Editions and Their Lasting Effects
Recognition and Reception by Near Contemporaries -- Merian's Influence on Natural History -- Merian's Reputation as a Naturalist -- Part 2 Plates, Translation and Commentary -- Maria Sibylla Merian's Caterpillar Book -- Appendix: Translated Excerpts from Merian's Study Journal -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary "The Flowering of Ecology presents an English translation of Maria Sybilla Merian's 1679 'caterpillar' book, Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandelung und sonderbare Blumen-Nahrung. Her processes in making the book and an analysis of its scientific content are presented in a historical context. Merian raised insects for five decades, recording the food plants, behavior and ecology of roughly 300 species. Her most influential invention was an "ecological" composition, where the metamorphic cycles of insects (usually moths and butterflies) were arrayed around plants that served as food for the caterpillars. Kay Etheridge analyses the 1679 caterpillar book from the viewpoint of a biologist, arguing that that Merian's study of insect interactions with plants, the first of its kind, was a formative contribution to natural history"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Merian, Maria Sibylla, 1647-1717. Raupen wunderbare Verwandelung und sonderbare Blumen-Nahrung.
Butterflies -- Metamorphosis.
Moths -- Metamorphosis.
Biological illustration.
Biological illustration.
Butterflies -- Metamorphosis.
Other Form: Print version: Etheridge, Kay. Flowering of Ecology : Maria Sibylla Merian's Caterpillar Book. Boston : BRILL, ©2020 9789004284791
ISBN 900428480X (electronic book)
9789004284807 (electronic bk.)