A treatise on white ants, Madras, April 1777.

MSS.Temp1.Misc Ms.Coll

Date: 1777 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 16 p.


This is a detailed description of the physiology, habitat, social structure, etc., of white ants.

Background note

The author is most likely Johann Gerald K├Ânig, a Swiss botanist and pupil of Linnaeus. He traveled in the East Indies and wrote treatises on botanical subjects.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 16 p.


Purchased from Myers, 06/26/1974 (1974 773.cccc ms).

Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

Indexing Terms


  • Beyond Early America
  • Insect societies.
  • Termites.
  • White ants