Fleas

    Date
    1764
    Creator
    Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt (1733 - 1796, German) , Engraver
    After
    Martin Frobene Ledermuller (1719 - 1769, German) , Naturalist
    Object type
    Library reference
    48660
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 245mm
    width (print): 195mm
    Subject
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > insect
    Description
    Studies of fleas, including a central, complete insect, shown with supposed developmental stages from an egg, viewed under microscope magnification. With circled selected versions of these at actual size. The main image is surrounded at each corner with details of the head and mouthparts of a flea, drawn after earlier authors. Figure 1 after Robert Hooke. Figure 2 after August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof. Figure 3 after Filippo Bonanni. Figure 4 after Johann Franz Griendel von Ach.

    Plate 20 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.XX.’ Inscribed below: ‘M.F.L. del. A.W.W. ex.’

    The accompanying text is headed: ‘Table XX. De la Puce’. [Of the flea].

    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.
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > Germany
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.18122
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