An Attempt

herbst lobster

Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Herbst (1743-1807) was a German naturalist and entomologist, and a theologian and chaplain for the Prussian army.

Versuch einer Naturgeschichte der Krabben und Krebse’ (An attempt at The Natural History of Crabs and Lobsters)
was possibly the first comprehensive work on the crustaceans and definitely included descriptions and illustrations of previously unknown species.
It was released in instalments between about 1782 and the mid-1790s. There were three volumes of text and an atlas consisting of more than sixty hand-coloured engravings. Various editions were issued, some coloured, some not, and some coloured later.

It is still regarded as a primary source in the field.

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  1. Reblogged this on rebloggobbler.

  2. Stunning!

    • Did people love looking–MORE in those days. Or did they love things more. Did they love the world more?

  3. People spent time looking, listening, tuning into the rhythms and processes of life. Now there are lots of flashing lights, noises and clowns designed to attract attention, and we give it to them.


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