Memoires pour servir a l'histoire des insectes

Collection Data

Names
Réaumur, René-Antoine Ferchault de (1683-1757) (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1734 - 1742
Place: A Paris
Publisher: De l'Imprimerie royale
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection
Shelf locator: Schlosser 647
Topics
Insects
Notes
Content: Printer's device on t.p. of each volume; tailpieces.
Content: Provenance: Rod. de Coulon (etched armorial bookplate, v. 1-6).
Content: Schlosser Collection.
Content: Signatures: v. 1:*² A-4N⁴; v. 2: pi² a-f⁴ A-3S⁴ 3T² (pi1 blank); v. 3: pi² a-e⁴ A-3V⁴ 3X²; v. 4: a-d⁴ e² A-4K⁴ 4L² (4L2 blank); v. 5: [superscript pi]a² a-e⁴ f² A-4Y⁴; v. 6:pi² a-k⁴ A-4G⁴.
Content: Illustrations: 279 prints : etching ; plate mark 7 x 13 cm. (6: headpieces), 3 x 3 cm. (6: decorative initials) and 23 x 17 cm. Engraved by Philippe Simmoneau, Pierre Fillœul, J.-B. Haussard and Claude Lucas. Drawings for plates in v. 1 chiefly by Simmoneau, in later vols. by Hélène Dumoutier de Marsilly. Cf. v. 1, mémoire 1, p. 55; cf. also Un esprit encyclopédique en dehors de "l'Encyclopédie" : Réaumur / Jean Torlais (Paris, 1936), p. 225.
Content: "Histoire des guespes en général ... " and "Des freslons, des guespes cartonniéres" (v. 6, mémoires 6-7. p. 155-246)contain numerous references to wasps' nest paper, e.g. p. 223: an American wasp (in Cayenne) produces "un carton quine le cede en rien au plus beau, au plus blanc, au plus fort que nous sçachons faire"; p. 232: "Celles-ci [i.e. the American wasps] nous donnent une importante leçon en nous apprenant qu'on peut faire du papier de la qualité dunôtre, avec des fibres de plantes, qui n'ont pas passé parl'état de linge & de chiffon". The latter passage continues by suggesting that the wood used by the wasps bediscovered and imported for use in papermaking (p. 232-234). Plates 14-25 depict paper wasps and their nests.
Statement of responsibility: par M. de Reaumur ...
Physical Description
Extent: 6 v. ([4], 654, [2] p., 50 folded leaves of plates; [4], xlvi, [2], 514, [2] p., 40 folded leaves of plates; [4], xl, 532 p., 47 folded leaves of plates; xxxiv, [2], 636, [2] p., 44 folded leaves of plates; [4], xliv, 728 p., 38 folded leaves of plates; [4], lxxx, 608 p., 48 folded leaves of plates) : ill. ; 26 cm. (4to)
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12071751
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 7f5dcd80-c607-012f-c903-58d385a7bc34
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