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    Sale 5428

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 282

    Collapsible Italian Microscope


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    Collapsible Italian Microscope
    Domenico Selva (d. 1758), 18th century
    a small gilt metal compound microscope, signed on hinged arm DOMENICO SELVA VENEZIA, the eyepiece with threaded focusing and threaded wooden section holding in lenses (one missing), in fitted green fishskin case [with:]

    SELVA, Lorenzo (c. 1716-1800). Esposizione delle comuni, e nuove spezie di cannocchiali, telescopi, microscopi, ed altri instrumenti diottrici, catottrici, e catodiottrici; perfezionati ed inventati da Domenico Selva. Venice: Giambatista Pasquali, 1761. 8° (172mm. x 111mm). Woodcut printer's device on title and woodcut tailpiece, retaining initial and final blanks *1 and E8, 2 engraved folding plates, plate I, fig. VII illustrating the microscope (some spotting throughout), modern half vellum, gilt morocco lettering-piece. FIRST EDITION. Riccardi I, col. 435; Wellcome V, p. 85.
    2½in. (6.5 cm.) long in case (2)

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    The microscope is recorded on p. 545 of Lualdi, A. 'La famiglia Selva, ottici del '700 Veneziano', Nuncius, Anno XVI 2 (2001) pp. 531-546.