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Found in 1978 among a box of laboratory impedimenta from the Zoological Department of Leiden University and purchased by the present owner.
Believed to be no. 62 in the 1875 exhibition catalogue by Harting, and from the collection of the Dutch zoologist R.T. Maitland (1823-1904).
Bought at an unknown auction between 1814 and 1831.
Bracegirdle, B. Beads of glass (London, 1983), p.36
Ford, B. The Leeuwenhoek legacy (London, 1991), p.158
Harting, P. Gedenkboek van het den 8sten September 1875 gevierde 200-jarig herinneringsfeest der ontdekking van de mikroskopische wezens, door Antony van Leeuwenhoek (Rotterdam, 1876), p.127.
Museum Boerhaave Beads of glass: Leeuwenhoek and the early microscope, November 1982 - May 1983, no.13.