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[NEEDHAM, John Turbeville (1713-1781)]. An Account of some New Microscopical Discoveries. London: for F. Needham, 1745.
8o (215 x 132 mm). 6 folding engraved plates. (Some dampstaining to text and plates.) (Some marginal soiling.) Original paper-backed blue boards, uncut (boards worn and somewhat stained).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the earliest wording of the title and dedication pages. From his microscopic observations that when he placed pollen grains in water many of them burst into masses of tiny globules, Needham concluded that the globules constituted a fertilizing substance. "Needham's most important contributions to science were early observations of plant pollen and the milt vessels of the squid, a forward-looking theory of reproduction, and a classic experiment for determining whether spontaneous generation occurs on the microscopic level" (DSB). Norman 1576.
NEEDHAM, John Turberville. New Microscopical Discoveries; containing Observations. London: for F. Needham, 1745.
8o (196 x 117 mm). 6 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt. FIRST EDITION, second issue, with new title and dedication. FINE COPY. Norman 1577. (2)
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