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LEEUWENHOEK, ANTONI VAN
Send-Brieven, Zoo aan de Hooge Edele Heeren van de Koninklyke Societeit te Londen, Als aan andere Aansienelyke en Geleerde Lieden , Over verscheyde Verborgentheden der Natuure.... [Letters Sent to the Noble Gentlemen of the Royal Society in London and other Distinguished and Learned People Concerning Various Mysteries of Nature ...]
Delft; Leiden: Daniel van Gaesbeeck and Cornelis Boutesteyn; Henrik van Kroonefelt and Adrian Beman, 1718. First edition. Dutch vellum. Very Good. THE FIRST COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE 165 LETTERS OF ANTONI VAN LEEUWENHOEK THAT WERE PUBLISHED IN HIS LIFETIME (IN THE ORIGINAL DUTCH, AND PRECEDING THE FIRST COMPLETE LATIN EDITION BY FOUR YEARS); INCLUDING HIS LETTERS TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY DESCRIBING THE FIRST-EVER OBSERVATIONS OF BACTERIA, SPERM CELLS, AND OTHER MICROSCOPIC OBJECTS AND PHENOMENA. Antoni van Leeuwenhoek - a seventeenth-century Dutch draper, municipal official, and amateur scientist - became skilled in the construction of simple (single-lens) microscopes, which he used to observe the "mysteries of nature." He described his observations in some two hundred letters to the Royal Society of London spanning a period of more than 45 years, of which 165 were published during his lifetime. The work offered here is the first collected edition of those letters, published when Leeuwenhoek was in his 80s.Leeuwenhoek's Life:Leeuwenhoek was born in the town of Delft in the Dutch Republic on October 24, 1632. His biographer and bibliographer, Clifford Dobell, states that "[a]ll the trustworthy evidence now available ... shows that [he] was a true Hollander of decent though not of aristocratic descent - a child of fairly well-to-do tradespeople." (Dobell, Antony van Leeuwenhoek and his 'Little Animals': Being Some Account of the Father of Protozoology & Bacteriology and his Multifarious Discoveries in These Disciplines (1932).) He had a few early years of schooling, did … [Click Below for Full Description]
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