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Employment for the Microscope. In Two Parts. I. An Examination of Salts and Saline Substances....II. An Account of Various Animalcules Never Before Described and of many other Microcscopical Discoveries
London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1764. Hardcover. Very good. Second edition. 8vo. pp. xii, 442, [10] index, with 18 folding plates showing the the parts of the microscope, the author's discoveries involving the morophology of salt crystals, the characteristics of various microscopic insects, etc. Original calf binding, with professional repair to the joints. Spine in six compartments, black leather label (possibly a later addition). Boards have some surface damage from old chipping and cracking of the leather, which has since been stabilized and sealed. Binding is sound, text and plates quite clean, with the exception of some foxing to the first plate/frontispiece. Simple bookplate of Mr. Alexander Mackenzie on front pastedown. Baker (1698-1774) established his name as a scientific writer with the publication of The Microscope Made Easy (1742). "Written for the novice, it was divided into two parts, the first describing various types of microscope, how best to use each, and how to prepare specimens, while the second part was concerned with the examination of various natural objects, such as the flea, hairs, and pollen….Eleven years after the publication of what proved to be a best-seller, Baker published Employment for the Microscope (1753), [which] repeated the success of its predecessor. Also written for a popular audience, Employment described Baker's own microscopical discoveries…. [His] most important scientific study, for which he received the Copley medal of the Royal Society in 1744, concerned his observation under the microscope of crystal morphology, [which comprises the] first part of Employment for the Microscope" (DNB).
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