Insect Prints showing transformations by a variety of 18th and 19th Century scientists of entomology. Most of these antique prints are available,  so scroll down to see all of our collections.

Insects Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Roses and Butterflies from Insects of Europe. An exquisite trio.

This extraordinary set of three antique rose and caterpillar prints are hand colored engravings dating to 1730.  It is the rare work of Maria Sybilla Merian and her Insects of Europe. Insect Prints showing transformations & metamorphosis of Insects. Maria Sybilla Merian and other experts on art & entomology.  Each piece measures 9×11″ and are sold only as a trio for $1200.

Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian: The Metamorphosis of European Insects. Fabulous & Framed!

Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian coming from her Insects of Europe, published in Amsterdam in 1730 by Maria Sybilla Merian’s daughter Dorthea Maria.  These are hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid rag.  Framed using the finest archival materials, each piece measures 11 1/2 x 12.”  The high end molding is dark green and gilt gold leaf.  Each piece is $500. and $600. each.  

Insect Prints:  Insects of Europe by Maria Sybilla Merian! Rare Hand Colored Engravings

These rare and old insect prints are rare hand colored (water colored) copper plate engravings on hand made, hand laid linen rag paper.  They are small, measuring about 7 x 8 1/4″  each. The prices vary from $150 and up. Click here to contact us.

Insects Prints from Insects of Europe by Maria Sybilla Merian.  This AMAZING work on European Entomology was published in Amsterdam in 1730.   Maria Sybilla Merian was the first person, let alone a pioneering woman, to explain through these stunning illustrations, the transformation stages of butterflies, moths and other insects. Her work on butterflies and moths on Insects of Europe was revolutionary, changing Medieval thought forever.  This incredible woman lead this significant discovery, and to proved the stages of the transformation to the male dominated world of science.  Up to this time,  it was thought that butterflies were birthed from various sources, rather than cocoon or pupa.  She was enthralled with insects at a very young age.  She collected insects and studied them.  She was not allowed to work in oils as a woman (only men were permitted) she worked in water color.  These insect prints are highly detailed.  A huge  influence on her life passion for creating these remarkable insect prints:  her step father was a publisher!

Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium

A famous rare work by Maria Sybilla Merian on the transformations of Insects.  Entitled Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium. Maria Sybilla Merian and her famous work with her daughters on the Insects of Surinam. Published in 1730. These rare hand colored copper plate engravings, are on hand made hand laid linen rag.  Each old print measures 14 x 20 1/2.”    Click here to contact us.

Insect Prints by Maria Sybilla Merian 18th Century Engravings on Butterfly Transformations.

These unusual antique insect prints Maria Sibylla Merian’s work entitled Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium. Published in The Hague, The Netherlands in 1730. The work features the insects and plants of Surinam in the Dutch Colony of South America. Fantastic composition and stunning details make this rare work one of the most sought after botanical or insect works in existence. After viewing a collection of insects from South America inspired Merian and her daughter Dorothea Maria to embark on an expedition to Surinam, on the North East corner of South America. She proposed the concept of transformation in Medieval times, to a male run society. She was going to provide proof to the contrary by documenting the transformation, first in water color and then engraved.

Engraved for books, Merian’s modern thought & theory on Metamorphosis.

Her large folio work was the result of going to such a remote area, a remarkable adventure for a young woman. It took her months to get to there and months to get back to Europe. And later lead to her death. Thankfully her daughters helped to complete this magnificent work on transformations. Her work focused on Surinamese flora and the entomology there. Her Insects of Surinam and Insects of Europe illustrate the Transformations & Metamorphosis of Insects and the plants on which they fed. Considered as some of the most famous documents published on the subject of Insect transformation during the 18th Century. Considered a revolutionary woman of her day, Merian is considered to have been one of the most significant contributors to the developmental stage of the field of entomology (a branch of zoology that deals with insects). She was a life-long dedicated entomologist. She also worked as a botanical artist, portraying insects with their host plants. Maria Sibylla Merian described the life cycles of some 186 insect species. Her specific area of interest, in the metamorphosis of insects, was the life cycles of moths and butterflies.

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Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium

A famous rare work by Maria Sybilla Merian on the transformations of Insects. Entitled Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium. Maria Sybilla Merian and her famous work with her daughters on the Insects of Surinam. Published in 1730. These rare hand colored copper plate engravings, are on hand made hand laid linen rag. Each old print measures 14 x 20 1/2.” Click here to contact us.

Surinam Toad
Surinam Toad Rare Merian Engraving from 1730.
Merian Oposssums from Insects of Surinam $2800.
Merian Oposssums from Insects of Surinam.
Merian Insects of Surinam Water Frogs and Bugs
Merian Insects of Surinam Water Frogs and Bugs
Merian Insects of Surinam $1400.
Merian Insects of Surinam $1500.
Maria Merian Frog Transformations with Palm Tree $3800.
Maria Merian Frog Transformations with Palm Tree
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Butterflies and Grapefruit Engraving DSC01754
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Butterflies and Grapefruit Engraving
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Butterflies, Lizard, Banana Engraving DSC01753
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Butterflies,
Lizard, Banana Engraving
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian 74.  Grapes from Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Plate 74
Grapes from Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Pomegranate-Plate 75
from Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Castor from Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Castor-Plate 76
from her Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Vanilla from Insects of Surinam
Maria Sybilla Merian Vanilla. A Magnificent Vanilla Plant Engraving by Maria Sybilla Merian’s Daughter Dorothea. Printed in Amsterdam in 1730 for
Insects of Surinam.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam
Merian Surinam Lemon 1730
Dutch hand colored engraving.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Cocoa from Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Cocoa Plant Plate 80
from Maria Merian’s Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Figs from Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Figs-Plate 81 from her Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian-Plate 80 from Insects of Surinam. Mallow.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Entomology-83 from Insects of Surinam
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Entomology Plate 83 from Insects of Surinam
Maria Sybilla Merian-84 from Insects of Surinam
Maria Sybilla Merian-84 from Insects of Surinam
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Plate 39-85/
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Plate 39.
Moth, Caterpillar and Pupa.

Insect Prints by Moses Harris. The Aurelian, 1796. Rare Hand Colored Engravings.

Moses Harris Aurelian. Hand Colored Insect Prints. These beautiful old butterfly prints are the work of Moses Harris, coming from his great work on Butterflies entitled The “Aurelian”. These are gorgeous, water colored engravings on hand made rag. These Butterfly Prints were produced in England in 1796, by Moses Harris – Chief of the Lepidoptera Society(or Butterfly Society). And an EXPERT ON COLOR! He was the first to illustrate the color wheel we still use  today.  These lovely old engravings at perfectly to 16 x 20″ (the prints  measure about 14 x 17″). Click here to contact us.

Oliver Goldsmith Entomology. Antique Hand Colored Engravings of Beetles, 1850.

Oliver Goldsmith Entomology.  Hand Colored Engravings. Published in Edinburg Scotland in 1850. Each old print measures 6 1/2 x 10″ Click here to contact us.

Baron Cuvier Entomology. Beautiful 19th Century Engravings of Bugs!

Baron Cuvier Entomology Engravings, published in 1805. These are  black & white English copper plate engravings on rag paper.  Each old print measures 6×9″ Click here to contact us.

Nodder Butterfly Prints!  18th Century. Antique Hand Colored Engravings of Butterflies!

Nodder Butterfly Engravings.  Hand colored 18th Century prints published in England c.1790.  Stunning condition and colors. Each print measures about 5×9″ and are sold individually at $125. each.  Click here to contact us.

Vintage hand colored Butterfly engravings. c.1800, framed with archival materials.


Vintage hand colored butterfly engravings. Trio of c.1800 butterfly engravings with archival framing, in walnut burl veneer. The 2 larger pieces measure 13×16, and one smaller measures 11 wide x 9 high. A perfect trio. Set of three $475. Click here to contact us.

Shubert Insect Prints. Hand Colored Engravings from c.1875

Shubert Insects. German Entomology Prints from c.1875 measure @14×18″ and run $95.each, 3 or more $75. each. Look with care, some smudging… Click here to contact us.

Insect Prints: Stunning American Chromolithographs of Butterflies, from 1885, Framed and ready to hang!

Trio of 1885 American chromo lithographs of Insect prints, with archival framing, each measures 13×16″   Sorry this set is SOLD, however I do have another trio of these antique chromolithographs.  Please inquire about custom framing of your choice. Click here to contact us.

  

JJ Schmuzer Insect Prints.  Rare hand colored engravings from Vienna, c.1805.

JJ Schmuzer Insect Engravings published c.1805. Small 4 x 7″ German hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made rag. Wonderful transformation stages of butterflies, caterpillars, moths, pupa, dragon flies and other bugs. An entomologists dream come true! Click here to contact us.

Humphrey Butterflies and Moths, English hand colored Insect Prints:

Insects!!! These are lovely old antique prints of Butterflies, Moths, Beetles, Dragonflies, Caterpillars and other Bugs! Old engravings and lithographs of entomological specimens from the 18th & 19th Centuries by Moses Harris, & Maria Sybilla Merian. Insect transformations and more…Insects! We have old antique Insect prints. These insect prints are old engravings and lithographs by various 18th and 19th Century naturalists. Moses Harris, showed the transformations of butterflies and moths in the 1790’s. Humphrey depicted bouquets of butterflies and moths! Perfect for framing!  Shaw and Nodder butterfly prints. A great selection of antique entomology prints. Old dragonfly, butterfly and beetle prints!  old insect prints, old prints of butterflies, antique prints of insects, antique butterfly prints, maria sybilla merian, insects of Surinam, transformation of insects, prints of, butterfly, insect, moses harris

Published by Anne Hall

I am the owner of Anne Hall Antique Prints. My husband, Mark and I sell authentic antique prints on our website and at assorted shows and events around New England. We deal in paper antiques only. Our rare old engravings and lithographs produced from the 1580's through the 1920's. Many are hand colored. My love is nature and the natural world and the historic documentation of it. I am the daughter of William Hall, owner of Maps Old and Rare, Pacifica, CA and Kathleen Manning of Prints Old and Rare and Manning's Books and Prints.

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