HOOKE, ROBERT. Micrographia: or some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies made by Magnifying Glasses. With observations and inquiries thereupon. London: Printed by Jo. Martyn and Ja. Allestry 1665. Folio, contemporary unlettered calf, board edges gilt, head and foot of spine and corners noticeably renewed, joints cracked, pastedowns renewed, plates 1 and 35 linen-backed, (plate 1 with stain and small loss at blank edge), tears to plates 4, 22, 33, 34, 37 and 38, a few of them repaired, minor cropping to plates 11, 14, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 32. FIRST EDITION, imprimatur leaf facing title, title-page in red and black with engraved arms of the Royal Society, 38 engraved plates, 13 of them folding, errata on last page. Burndy/Dibner 187; Garrison and Morton 262 ("the earliest work devoted entirely to an account of microscopical observations and the first book on the subject in English"); Grolier/Horblit 50; PMM 147; Wing H 2620.
Provenance: Robert Hails, three ink inscriptions on front free endpage, one dated 28 July 1670; Los Angeles County Medical Association.