Publication info Leipzig: CF Winter, 1873.
Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University
Fulgora candelaria. Fulgora maculata. The Naturalists Library. 1830s-40s.
Natural history of the insects of China,.
London :H.G. Bohn,1842..
A set of ten articulated soft-metal insects
Early 20th century, Japan, nine signed Kozan (Takase Kozan; 1869-1934) with cursive monogram (kao), one grasshopper signed Muneyoshi (Tanaka Tadayoshi; ?-1958)
Each insect constructed of numerous hammered parts jointed together with movable wings, limbs or antennae, each finely detailed and patinated in silver, shibuichi, shakudo and/or copper; signature on body
The largest (dragonfly): 4in. (10.2cm.) long, the smallest (bee): 2in. (5.1cm.) long
With original padded wood box sewn with cords to secure the ten insects (10). Christies
Experiments on the Generation of Insects, 1668, Francesco Redi
The book is one of the first steps in refuting “spontaneous generation” - a theory also known as Aristotelian abiogenesis. At the time, prevailing wisdom was that maggots arose spontaneously from rotting meat.