LEEUWENHOEK, Antoni van (1632-1723). [Brieven seu Werken]. Leiden and Delft, Cornelis Boutestein and Henrik van Kroonevelt, 1686-1704. 5 volumes, 4° (197 x 15mm). 2 additional engraved titles, engraved portrait, 114 engraved illustrations in the text (2 of which full-page), 42 engraved plates (of which 21 folding) and 2 woodcut text illustrations. (Tiny burn hole to one folding plate, another folding plate with tiny marginal hole and tear to fold crease without loss, very light scattered browning and spotting, one plate more heavily browned, a couple of text-leaves with short marginal tears, tiny hole affecting two text leaves.) Contemporary vellum, lettered at heads of spine in a contemporary hand (covers very lightly soiled and slightly warped).
AN EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF LEEUWENHOEK'S LETTERS IN DUTCH IN AN UNSOPHISTICATED CONTEMPORARY BINDING. These letters were Leeuwenhoek's main means of communication with the Royal Society and, since he wote no monographs nor taught students, provide the original source material for the discoveries and observations of one of history's greatest microscopists. The present work is a mixed edition, consisting of letters 28-38, 41-44, 46, 54-145. Bibliographically complex as usual; a complete collation is available on request. Dobell 1(a), 2(a), 5(b), 6(a), 7(a), 8(a), 9, 10(a), 12 (1st ed.), 13-17; Norman 1301 (1st ed.), 1302 (1st ed.), 1307 (1st ed.), 1308 (1st ed.), 1309 (1st ed.), 1310, 1311, 1312 (1st ed.), 1313 (2nd ed.), 1314, 1315; Wellcome III pp.476-7. (5)