Handcoloured engraving on hand laid (verge) paper. Watermark: fragment on some sheets of French Lily in coat of arms. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 16 x 20.5 cm. The image size is ca. 13 x 17.5 cm. Size in inch: The image size is ca. 5.1 x 6.9 inch.
Antique print, titled: ”Bombyliorum Vesparumque Tab. X-XII.” – This image shows: Tab X: ”[?] twee kleine Basterd-Rupsen, die in Gal-Wespen veranderen. De kleine Gal-Wespen der Teen-Wilgebladeren.” (Two small larvae that metamorphose into gall wasps, Cynipoidea). Tab XI: Het Wijfje [?] van Tab. 1. (The female of the species depicted in Tab. 1, a sawfly species). Tab XII: ”De groote zwarte Wipper-Wesp” (The large black Ichneumonid). From R?sel von Rosenhof’s: ‘Monatlich- Herausgegeben Insecten Belustigung.’, published 1746-1749. This work is considered the finest German work on Insects. The plates are identical to a later Dutch ed.: “De Natuurlyke Historie der Insecten [?]” with commentary and text for written by C.F.C. Kleemann. Haarlem and Amsterdam: C.H. Bohn and H. Gartman, 1765-1782. Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘A.J. Rosel van Rosenhof’ after own design. Augustus Johannes Rosel von Rosenhof (1705-59) was a German miniature painter, and naturalist and entomologist. Roesel studied painting with his father and uncle, and later with the renowned Preisler in Nuremberg. While living in Copenhagen, he became inspired by the work of Maria Sibylla Merian. He returned to Nuremberg to devote himself largely to entomological studies and illustration, aided by his wife who hand colored his drawings and his son in law, who assisted in the publishing of his superbly illustrated scientific works. Roesel also did much of the engraving for his works.
Condition: Very good, given age. Some faint soiling and/or staining in the margin edges. Image faintly browned, and with some faint offsetting from the opposite text page. A few small stains in the left margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-GALL WASP-SAWFLY-ICHNEUMONID-10/12-ROSEL VAN ROSENHOF