Credit: ©The Royal Society
    Image number: RS.18115

    Butterfly wing

    Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt (1733 - 1796, German) , Engraver
    Martin Frobene Ledermuller (1719 - 1769, German) , Naturalist
    Object type
    Library reference
    height (print): 245mm
    width (print): 195mm
    Content object
    Study of a butterfly wing viewed by microscope, under magnification. With an inset detail showing the insect’s wing at normal size, to give scale.

    Plate 13 from Amusement microscopique, tant pour l'esprit que pour les yeux, contenant... estampes... d'apres nature... by Martin Frobene Ledermuller, plates volume (Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt, Nuremburg, 1764).

    Inscribed above: ‘TAB.XIII.’ Inscribed below: ‘M.F. Lederm. del. A.W.W. exc. Nor.’

    The accompanying text is headed: ‘Table XIII. L’Aile entière d’un Papillon.’ The author comments that: ‘Après avoir réprésenté dans la Tab IX les seules plumes du Papillon; je crois faire plaisir aux Lecteurs, de leur en mettre ici devant les Yeux les Couches sur toute une Aile. [After having represented in Tab IX only the scales of the Butterfly I think to please the readers by putting before their eyes the layers of the whole wing].

    Martin Frobene [Frobenius] Ledermuller (1719-1769) German naturalist was employed in various capacities as a notary, turning to microscope studies after an illness induced temporary deafness.
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