Saturday, February 17, 2007

Schäffer's Insects

winged insects


water insects

grune armvolnpen insects

krebsarfiger kiefenfutz

schaeffer insects

insect engravings

schaeffer insect engravings

historic insect drawings

schaeffer insect book

insect sketches

schaeffer insect drawings

historic schaeffer insect engravings

engraving of insects

book illustration of insects

18th century insect illustrations

insect drawings from 18th century

book engravings of insects

coloured engravings of insects

'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.


bioephemera said...

What a way to start the weekend. The first page is splendid, but those horseshoe crabs are the greatest!

pita ou franck said...

OOh !! your first link (Strasbourg University) fantastic big ,big size, many incredible books , I just start to explore, thanks to find this great link!

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