image Scheuzer_Itin_Alp_003_r
Image number: RS.16930
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Rare insect




Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number



height (page): 168mm
width (page): 215mm


Content object

   > animal
      > insect


This drawing depicts a rare insect. It appears in the second of J. J. Scheuchzer's four manuscript volumes describing his journey through the Alps in the early 18th century.

Johann Jacob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) was a Swiss scholar and physician, who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1703. He was interested in natural history, fossil records and traces of the impact of the Biblical Flood. The Royal Society sponsored the publication of Scheuchzer's description of the Swiss Alps, [Ouresiphoitis] Helveticus, sive itineris alpini, with several Fellows offering subscriptions to defray the cost of the engravings. As was common practice, the printed illustrations bore the name of the subscriber at the bottom of the plate.

Object history

Printed in Part 2, Tab. 1 from J. J. Scheuchzer, [Ouresiphoitis] Helveticus, sive itineris alpini (London, 1708). (First edition in three parts. A second edition with an additional fourth part was published in Leiden in 1723.)

Related Fellows

Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733, Swiss), Physician

Associated place

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