Withering Microscope, Unique Type

Withering Microscope, Unique Type

Stock Number: FG_23002


This is a unique type, probably a one-off, of Withering's second class of botanical microscope.



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UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy, Mineralogy & Gemmology, Natural history


The “Withering-type Microscope” is named for its inventor, Dr. William Withering (1741-1799), an English physician and botanist who graduated with a degree in medicine 1766 in Edinburgh. Inspired by the taxonomic work and systematic classification of Carl Linnæus (1707-1778), Withering (1776) applied the Linnaean taxonomic system of classification to British plants in a seminal, two-volume work, A Botanical arrangement of all the vegetables naturally growing in the British Isles. More about this pattern can be seen here: https://www.microscopehistory.com/withering-1785

This later design has an all-metal stand that collapses into the wooden case and lacks the printed instructions page glued into the inner part of it.

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a powerful research tool, I have collected microscopes for over two decades from this fantastic tool's first 300 years of existence and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession, and I cultivate the complete and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up surplus or exciting items from the collection for sale. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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