Nuttig Gebruik van het mikroskoop, of handleiding tot nieuwe waarneemingen omtrent de configuratiën en krystallen der zouten, de Takschieting der metaalen, de vorming van de edele gesteenten, de koraalen, de barnsteen, enz. Waar by komt de beschouwing van veele te vooren onbekende water-diertjes en andere insekten; van Schimmel-plantjes, Kampernoelje zaadjes; de vergiftige wapenen van den spinnekop en andere gedierten; de spruitjes in de zaden der gewassen, enz. Als ook een berigt van het Mikroskoop, tot deeze waarneemingen gebruikt, dat bekwaam is om de wezentlyke grootte der voorwerpen, op eene zeer gemakkelyke wyze, naauwkeuriog te bepaalen, enz. ...Hier agter is gevoegd de natuurlyke historie van de polypen. Alles met de noodige afbeeldingen opgehelderd.
Amsteldam, By F. Houttuyn, 1756. 8vo. W. 18 engr. folding plates. Sympathetic middle of the 20th c. half clf. over marbled brds., spine in compartments, blindstamped. W. red clf. title shield, gilt. (XVI, 464 [missing page 465/6], 467 - 498, XIV (index) pp.). (Uncut, wide margined copy; righthand margin of a number of lvs. a few chips and cuts, slight fraying; some occasional mild foxing/ yellowing). (Missing leaf of text will be added in facs. on old paper.). DSB vol. I, p. 411: 'Henry Baker did valuable work on the teaching of the deaf and dumb, but he is especially noted for his popularization of the use of the microscope and for his contribution to the study of crystals. ... in March 1741 a fellow of the Royal Society. For the next 17 years he was a frequent contributor to the Philosophical Transactions... Microscopical examinations of water creatures and fossils were, however, the subject of the majority of his papers and were included in his books on microscopy. ... The first edition of 'The Microscope made easy' appeared in 1742. it ran to five editions in Baker's lifetime and was translated into several foreign languages. ... Eleven years after the appearance of 'The Microscope made easy', Baker published a second microscopical work, 'Employment for the Microscope', which was as succesful as its predecessor. ... Part I of 'The Employment of the Microscope' is devoted to the study of crystals, and Part II is a miscellany of Baker's microscopical discoveries... Baker's most important scientific achievements were the observation under the microscope of crystal morphology... and his account of an examination of 26 bead microscopes bequethed to the Royal Society by Anthony van Leeuwenhoek. His measurements of these unique microscopes (lost during the 19th c.) are most valuable historical material.' A very good copy, price reflects the missing leaf.
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