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Book Description
Full Title: "Employment for the Microscope in Two Parts: Part I - An examination of salts and saline substances, their amazing configurations and crystals, as formed under the eye of the observer. Part II - An account of various animalcules, never before described, and of many other microscopical discoveries." The scarce first edition of this work handsomely rebound in half-leather with marbled boards & five gilt-ruled raised bands to spine. Written by Henry Baker (1698-1774), a natural philosopher interested in microscopy, 'Employment for the Microscope' was first published in 1753. It was aimed at the general public and included instructions on how to use a microscope. It was a very successful work with a number of editions and remained relatively unchanged for over forty years. Baker won the Copley Medal of the Royal Society in 1744 for his microscopical observations on the crystallization of saline particles, to which much of the first part of this book is devoted. The second part is more concerned with microbiology and includes the first description of dinoflagellates, here called "Animalcules which cause the Sparkling Light in Sea Water". Includes index
Dealer Notes
First Edition; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; small 'withdrawn' stamp to reverse of title page but no other library marks; small closed tear at the top of page 203/4 has been repaired with archive tape; N.B. The plate called for in the note to the binder at p.422 is bound in as the frontispiece.
Author Baker, Henry
Date 1753
Binding Hardcover (Half Leather) Gilt titles on green panel spine
Publisher R. Dodsley; London
Illustrator illustrated by 17 b/w. fold-out copper plates
Condition Very Good Condition
Pages xiv + 442 + index

Price: £395.00

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