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Merian, Maria Sibylla
|Year of birth:||1647|
|Year of death:||1717|
|About her personal situation:||vader = auteur Matthäus Merian
|Relations to other authors:
|About her professional situation:||natural historian
|Elements of bibliography:||MENTIONED IN:
- Buck, Guide to women's literature, 1992: "Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium was the result of a research expedition to South America undertaken with her daughter from 1699-1701".
Bio via Celebration of Women Writers|
Suzan van Dijk
(update on 12 December 2009)
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