UMass Amherst
Johannes Goedaert

Métamorphoses naturelles ou Histoire des insectes observée tres-exactement suivant leur nature & leurs propriétés. Avec les figures en taille-douce gravées d'aprés nature
Amsterdam, P. Mortier, 1700
3 v. front. (port., v. 1), plates (part fold.) 16 cm

Call no.: QL496.G6 1700.

Trained as an artist in the Netherlands, Johannes Goedaert (1617-1668) was a skilled naturalist during the height of the scientific revolution of the 17th century. After two decades of painstaking field research, raising innumerable larvae collected near his home in Middleburgh to maturity, Goedaert published his landmark Metamorphosis et Historia Naturalis Insectorum (1662). Employing the latest in optical technology, Goedaert's Metamorphosis is the first monograph on the Dutch insect fauna and includes one of the earliest scientific accounts of insect metamorphosis.

Goedaert's treatise was translated into English in 1682, and this French edition, published in Amsterdam, followed in 1700. SCUA also has a 1685 edition of Johannes Goedartivs De insectis, in methodum redactus; cum notularum additione


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caterpillar, chrysalis, moth Illustration of the life cycle of a moth from caterpillar to pupa to adult.