Rare first ed. of Needham/Trembley Microscope Observations, 1747 In-12 (17cms), (16), 179, 7 folding plates.
A very good and fresh copy in modern rigid white boards. First French ed. with the first description of Trembley’s microscope (“porte-loupe”). The instrument was first publcised in English in 1748 in the Philosophical Transactions, so the microscope first appeared in this edition.
Jan van Muschenbroek made this microscope in Leiden (see “Avertissement”).
John Turbeville Needham (1713-1781) was an English biologist and a Catholic priest. He believed in spontaneous generation making experiments that were later contradicted by Lazzaro Spallanzani. Abraham Trembley (1710-1784) was a Swiss scientist who studied freshwater polyps (Hydra) being among the first to develop experimental zoology.
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