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    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 658

    HOOKE, Robert (1735-1802). Microscopic Observations; or, Dr. Hooke's Wonderful Discoveries by the Microscope ... Whereby the most valuable Particulars in that Celebrated Author's Micrographia Are brought together in a narrow Compass. London: Robert Wilkinson, 1780. 2°. 32 engraved plates only (of 33, lacking plate V, some very light spotting). Contemporary half calf (quite heavily rubbed). Keynes 11; Lowndes III, 1107.

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    HOOKE, Robert (1735-1802). Microscopic Observations; or, Dr. Hooke's Wonderful Discoveries by the Microscope ... Whereby the most valuable Particulars in that Celebrated Author's Micrographia Are brought together in a narrow Compass. London: Robert Wilkinson, 1780. 2°. 32 engraved plates only (of 33, lacking plate V, some very light spotting). Contemporary half calf (quite heavily rubbed). Keynes 11; Lowndes III, 1107.

    "T'is now Seventy-nine Years since the Micrographia was published; notwithstanding which, the Copper-Plates belonging to it were lately met with, well-preserved, and excepting a little Rust, which was easily cleared away, in as good Condition almost as ever: no more than one Impression, and that probably of no great Number, having been taken from them. Seven indeed were wanting to make up the whole Set compleat; but those are now supplied by exact Copies little or nothing inferior to the Originals. As these were some of the first Drawings of Objects examined by the Microscope, so likewise are they, without Comparison, some of the best that were ever taken in so great a number ..." (from The Preface).


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