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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 G/PP1/41
PANZER, Georg Wolfgang Franz (1755-1829) and STURM, Jacob (1771 - 1848)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume


Name of creator(s)

Panzer, Georg Wolfgang Franz, 1755-1829, physician and entymologist, Sturm, Jacob, 1755-1829, entomological artist/engraver

Administrative / Biographical history

Georg Wolfgang Franz Panzer, physician and entymologist, lived in Nuremburg, Germay. He collaborated with Jacob Sturm, engraver, to produce a volume titled Faunae Insectorum Germanicae Initia [Elements of the German insect fauna] (Nuremberg, [1792-]1793-1813, in 109 parts. In this volume Panzer's short textual descriptions and Sturm's individual, hand-colored engravings of more than 2600 insects. The work was continued through part 190 (1829-1844) by G.A.W. Herrich-Schaeffer. Panzer died 28 May 1829. Publications: Observationum Botanicarum specimen (Norimbergae et Lipsiae, 1781); Beytrag zur Geschichte des ostindischen Brodbaums, mit einer systematischen Beschreibung desselben ... Nebst einer Kupfertafel (Nurnberg, 1783); De dolore (Altorfii, [1785?]); Versuch einer naturlichen Geschichte der Laub- und Lebermoosse nach Schmidelschen-Schreberschen und Hedwigschen Beobachtungen (Nurnberg, 1787); Deutschlands Insectenfaune oder entomologisches Taschenbuch fur das Jahr 1795 (Nurnberg, [1795.]); Faunae Insectorum Americes Borealis prodomus, etc (Norimbergae, 1794); Faunae Insectorum Germanicae Initia, oder Deutschlands Insecten, herausgegeben von Dr G. W. F. Panzer. Zweyte Auflage. [Continued by] Dr G. A. W. Herrich-Schaffer ( Nurnberg [& Ratisbon], 1796[-1844]); Symbolae Entomologicae ... Cum tabulis XII. aeneis [coloured] (Erlangae, 1802); Viro ... venerabili G. W. Panzero parenti suo ... gratulatur, simulque quaedam de D. J. G. Volcamero, ... additis duabus ad illum epistolis H. Boerhaave et I. Pitt[on] Tournefort, ... exponit D. G. W. F. Panzer (Norimbergae, 1802); Systematische Nomenclatur uber weiland ... J. C. Schaeffers naturlich ausgemahlte Abbildungen regensburgischer Insekten, etc. (D. J. C. Schaefferi iconum insectorum circa Ratisbonam indigenorum enumeratio systematica opera et studio G. W. F. P.) (Erlangen, 1804); Kritische Revision der Insektenfaune Deutschlands (2 Bdchn. Nurnberg, 1805); Index entomologicus sistens omnes insectorum species in G. W. F. Panzeri Fauna Insectorum Germanica descriptas atque delineatas ... adjectis ... observationibus. Pars 1. Eleutherata (Norimbergæ, 1813); Ideen zu einer kunftigen Revision der Gattungen der Graser. L.P. ( Munchen, 1813). Jacob Sturm was born in Nuremburg, German, 1771, the son of Johann Georg Sturm, engraver. He was apprenticed to his father, who trained him in drawing and copperplate engraving. He rose to prominence aged only sixteen with the publication of his engraveings in a work by Pallas [c1787]. In 1791-1792 he published a set of 100 hand-colored copperplate engravings of insects called Insekten-Cabinet nach der Natur gezeichnet und gestochen [Insect cabinet, drawn and engraved from nature]. In 1796 Sturm published the catalogue of his own insect collection. As a result of his work and expanding network of contacts with entomologists and other scientists, his collection grew so rapidly that he issued an enlarged second edition only four years later, in 1800, and eventually a third in 1826 and a fourth in 1843. His became one of the largest and most valuable private collections in Europe, consulted and cited by entomologists throughout the scientific world. From the 1790s until his death in 1848, Sturm produced engravings for a wide array of natural-history publications in Germany. He was a founding member of the Naturhistorische Gesellschaft zu Nürnberg in 1801, and was made an honorary member of many prestigious scientific societies throughout Germany, Russia, and Sweden, as well as of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the General Union Philosophical Society of Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1846 Sturm was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy honoris causa by the University of Breslau. He died at his home in Nuremberg in 1848. Publications: Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen [Germany's flora in illustrations from nature, with descriptions] (Nuremberg, [1796-]1798-1848[-1862]); Deutschlands Fauna in Abbildungen nach der Natur, mit Beschreibungen [Germany's fauna in illustrations from nature, with descriptions] (Nuremberg, 1797-1857); Abbildungen zu Karl Illigers Uebersetzung von Oliviers Entomologie [Illustrations for Karl Illiger's translation of Olivier's "Entomologie"] (Nuremberg, 1802-1803); Schreber's Beschreibung der Gräser nebst ihren Abbildungen nach der Natur [Description of the grasses with illustrations drawn from nature] (Leipzig, [1766-] 1769-1772 [-1779], new ed. 1810); Panzer's Deutschlands Insectenfaune [German insect fauna] (Nuremberg, 1795); and Kritische Revision der Insectenfaune Deutschlands... [Critical revision of the German insect fauna] (Nuremberg, 1805-1806); Albrecht Wilhelm Roth's Catalecta Botanica quibus Plantae Novae et Minus Cognitae Describuntur atque Illustrantur [Botanical account in which new and lesser known plants are described and illustrated] (3 vols. Leipzig, 1797-1806); Kaspar Maria Graf von Sternberg's Versuch einer geognostisch-botanischen Darstellung der Flora der Vorwelt [An attempt at a geognostical-botanical presentation of the flora of the primeval world] (Leipzig, Prague, & Regensburg, [1820-]1825-1838) and Revisio Saxifragarum Iconibus Illustrata [Revision of the Saxifrages, illustrated by pictures] (3 vols. v.1-2: Regensberg, 1810-1822; v.3: Leipzig, 1831); Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Essenbeck's System der Pilze und Schwämme [System of fungi and mushrooms] (Wurzberg, 1816) and Bryologia Germanica, oder Beschreibung der in Deutschland und in der Schweiz wachsenden Laubmoose [German mosses, or Descriptions of deciduous mosses growing in Germany and Switzerland] (Nuremberg, 1823-1831); David Heinrich Hoppe's Caricologia Germanica, oder Beschreybungen und Abbildungen aller in Deutschland wildwachsenden Seggen [German sedges, or Descriptions and illustrations of wild-growing sedge grasses in Germany] (Nuremberg, 1835).

Archival history

Acquired by Guy's Hospital Medical School Library

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from Guy's Hospital Medical School Library in 2002.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Bound volume containing 295 colour illustrations of flies (diptera) with Latin descriptions, with the manuscript inscription 'Diptera selected from a larger work published by G W Panzer, Nurnberg, 1793'. Probably extracts from Faunae Insectorum Germanicae Initia [Elements of the German insect fauna], Nuremburg, [1792-] 1793-1813, containing Panzer's short textual descriptions and individual hand-coloured engravings by Jakob Sturm.

System of arrangement

1 volume

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Records Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: British Library On-line Public Catalogue; Compiled by Alison Field

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions

June 2004

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  • Animals
  • Biology
  • Drawings
  • Insects
  • Visual materials
  • Zoology

Personal names

  • Panzer
  • Panzer, Georg Wolfgang Franz, 1755-1829, Physician and Entymologist
  • Sturm, Jacob, 1755-1829, Entomological Artist/Engraver

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives

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