'Abhandlungen von Insecten' (~1760-1770) by Jacob Christian Schäffer (Schaeffer) is online in its entirety at Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg. [NYPL has a few of these plates with the full details about the nature of the insects but in german]
Previously I posted details from this series.
Schäffer was something of a polymath, publishing important works on mycology (with some of the first hand coloured book illustrations), ornithology, optics and prism making and most famously perhaps, his treatises on papermaking experiments using various organic fibre products prompted by a shortage of rags. [And: the 'first' washing machine publication (with images) which I believe was framed as fictitious letters by a woman about clothes washing - I wonder if his papermaking exploits gave rise to this 'invention'?] He was also curator of a renowned wunderkammer.
I can't find any site where Schäffer's work have been gathered together so here are a few links touching one way or another on his interests/publications: i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Posted by peacay at 2:42 pm