EPHEMERI VITA. OF AFBEELDINGH VAN 'S MENSCHEN LEVEN, VERTOONT IN DE WONDERBAARLIJCKE EN NOOYT GEHOORDE HISTORIE VAN HET VLIEGENT ENDE EEN-DAGH-LEVENT HAFT OF OEVER-AAS. Een dierken, ten aansien van sijn naam, over al in Neerlandt bekent. Jan SWAMMERDAM.

EPHEMERI VITA. OF AFBEELDINGH VAN 'S MENSCHEN LEVEN, VERTOONT IN DE WONDERBAARLIJCKE EN NOOYT GEHOORDE HISTORIE VAN HET VLIEGENT ENDE EEN-DAGH-LEVENT HAFT OF OEVER-AAS. Een dierken, ten aansien van sijn naam, over al in Neerlandt bekent...

Amsterdam: Abraham Wolfgang, 1675. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (3-3/4" x 6-1/4") in contemporary vellum; [xxxii], 422, [8] pages. Illustrated with 8 engraved plates (2 folding). A scarce treatise on the life cycle and anatomy of the mayfly based on microscopic examination, dissection, and experimentation by one of the outstanding comparative anatomists of the seventeenth century. Swammerdam saw his scientific work as a form of divine worship, a concept that is evident in his title for this book which hints at God's work behind the wonders of nature. The EPHEMERI VITA was translated into English in 1681 under the title EPHEMERI VITA: OR THE NATURAL HISTORY AND ANATOMY OF THE EPHEMERON, A FLY THAT LIVES BUT FIVE HOURS. Generally clean, dampstain affecting the top half of the last dozen pages including most of the plates; folding plates with short splits; binding a little soiled. Very Good and quite scarce. Item #020563

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