Bruxelles: Culture et Civilisation, 1966. Reprint. Hardcover. Quarto. , 568, , , 192, pp. Original leatherette with gold lettering on spines. This work is the 1966 facsimile of the 1695 edition published by Henricum a Kroovveld. Two frontispieces, one displaying a b/w steel engraved portrait of the author and the other with a lovely classic image with alchemical symbolism. Illustrated throughout with b/w engravings , some of which are either double page or oversize and therefore, fold out, showing the anatomy of various living creatures including fish, plants, animals, insects and much more. Text in Latin. Books are in near fine condition. vg. Item #21565
The author, Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek (1632 - 1723) was a Dutch tradesman and scientist from Delft, the Netherlands. He is commonly known as "the Father of Microbiology", and considered to be the first microbiologist. He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope and for his contributions towards the establishment of microbiology. Using his handcrafted microscopes he was the first to person recorded to ever observe and describe single celled organisms, which he originally referred to as animalcules, and which we now refer to as microorganisms. He was also the first to record microscopic observations of muscle fibers, bacteria, spermatozoa and blood flow in capillaries.