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Anatomia et contemplatio nonnullorum naturae invisibilium secretorum comprehensorum epistolis quibusdam scriptis ad illustre inclytae Societatis regiae Londinensis Collegium
Leiden (Paris), Cornelius Boutesteyn, 1685. Square 4to (19.6 x 15.0 cm) First edition. 78 pp., 18 fine engravings in the text. Modern vellum with printed paper label on the spine.l The title of this work roughly translates into "Anatomy and contemplation of the nature of invisible secrets included in letters written to the illustrious company of the famous King's College, London". It contains Van Leeuwenhoek's letters 43, 42 and 38 (Dobell' s numbers), in that order. These are titled, respectively, "D. D. omni observantiae cultu mihi prosequendi ac devenerandi"; "De structura cerebri diversorum animalium: de generatione pituitae, mucinarium seu blennae, humoris crystallini in oculis hominum, moxae, calcis arthriticorum, morbi leprosorum, squammarum in anguillis", and "De generatio ranarum...", the latter thus being of herpetological interest, the others mainly dealing with human anatomy. The last letter was presented to the Royal Society by the famous British architect, Christopher Wren. The letters are unnumbered, and the pagination is continuous. This is an extremely rare first Latin translation from Dutch, of the letters contained in the original text of Dobell 5, published in the same year. Van Leeuwenhoek had those translations prepared, to be able to communicate with the scientific community outside of The Netherlands. Indeed, he became famous as the first and foremost microscopist of his time. Norman, 1316. Not in Heirs of Hippocrates, nor Osler. Dobell mentions: "my own copy is the only one I have seen." No copy in the British Museum or any library in Britain. No copy can be found in COPAC. On the continent, one copy is held by the University of Amsterdam, and in Germany in Greifswald, Weimar, Munich, and Augsburg. There are six copies in US libraries (Yale, Smithonian, Emory, Chicago, Illinois and Maryland) and another in the National Library of Medicine. Extremely rare and interesting first Latin translation. Dobell, 21; Garrison & Morton, 67 (part).
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