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Hooke, Robert (introduction by Brian J. Ford)

Published by London: John Martyn and James Allestry (Palo Alto: Octavo) 1665; 1998 (1665)

ISBN 10: 1891788027 ISBN 13: 9781891788024

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Item Description: London: John Martyn and James Allestry (Palo Alto: Octavo) 1665; 1998, 1665. No Binding. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. New digital facsimile (in PDF format on CD-ROM) of one of the most important books in the history of science. This, the most momentous book on microscopy, revolutionized the scientific investigation of the microcosm much as Galileo's work had influenced that of the macrocosm. In this rare folio, vividly rendered drawings sharply revealed Hooke's exciting findings to the wondering public. This Octavo Edition contains detailed digital images of every page of the original edition (images may be magnified at up to 300% of original size) as well as a new introduction by Brian J. Ford and detailed bibliographical information. "Anyone who has wanted to own a rare book or a pioneering work of science will be pleased with this facsimile, which seems to make the book materialize on the computer screen."--Abbey Newsletter. Bookseller Inventory # 8VHOMI03

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HOOKE, Robert.

Published by The Alembic Club, Edinburgh, 1902 Reprint Of The 1665 Edition. Hardback. No Dust Jacket. (1902)

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Item Description: The Alembic Club, Edinburgh, 1902 Reprint Of The 1665 Edition. Hardback. No Dust Jacket., 1902. 8vo. pp 52. Original publisher's blue cloth, lettered black on the front cover. Alembic club reprints; no. 6. Clean, very good. Bookseller Inventory # C16530

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Item Description: Oxford, 1926. First Edition. Fine copy in the original publisher's gilt-blocked cloth, edges very slightly toned. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression. Provenance; from the library of Dr. Denis Gibbs with his bookplate. Series; Old Ashmolean reprints. ; VI. Physical description; 4 p. l., [5]-60 p. incl. front., ill. ; 19 cm. Notes; Edited by Dr. R.T. Gunther. With reproduction of original t.-p.: Micrographia: or Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses. With observations and inquiries thereupon. By R. Hooke . London, Printed by Jo. Martyn and Ja. Allestry Printers to the Royal Society 1665. Subjects; Microscopes - Early works to 1800. Microscopy - Early works to 1800. Genre; Illustrated. 1 Kg. 60 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 238388

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Item Description: Oxford. First Edition. Fine copy in the original publisher's gilt-blocked cloth, edges very slightly toned. Corners sharp with an overall tight, bright and clean impression. Provenance; from the library of Dr. Denis Gibbs with his bookplate. Series; Old Ashmolean reprints. ; VI. Physical description; 4 p. l., [5]-60 p. incl. front., ill. ; 19 cm. Notes; Edited by Dr. R.T. Gunther. With reproduction of original t.-p.: Micrographia: or Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses. With observations and inquiries thereupon. By R. Hooke . London, Printed by Jo. Martyn and Ja. Allestry Printers to the Royal Society 1665. Subjects; Microscopes - Early works to 1800. Microscopy - Early works to 1800. Genre; Illustrated. 1 Kg. 60 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 238388

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Robert HOOKE

Published by Folio Society, (2017)

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Item Description: Folio Society, 2017. 8vo., First Edition thus, with 38 plates (5 folding); patterned cloth blocked in silver, black leather back lettered in silver, silver top, a fine copy in publisher's cloth slip-case blocked in silver. EDITION LIMITED TO 750 COPIES. The illustrations, presented at original size, are reproduced from copies of the first and second editions held at the Bodleian Library and the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. A copy of the publisher's prospectus is loosely inserted. Bookseller Inventory # 32921

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Micrographia: or some Physiological Descriptions of Minute: HOOKE, Robert.

HOOKE, Robert.

Published by London: by Jo. Martyn, and Ja. Allestry, Printers to the Royal Society, and are to be sold at their Shop, 1665 (1665)

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Item Description: London: by Jo. Martyn, and Ja. Allestry, Printers to the Royal Society, and are to be sold at their Shop, 1665, 1665. Folio (300 × 192 mm). Contemporary calf, gilt arms to covers, rebacked to style with endpapers renewed. Red morocco-backed folding box. Boards rubbed, corners just worn, small repair to verso of first plate, some plates trimmed across the platemarks (as often) but without loss to the image; a very good copy. Licence leaf facing title expertly laid down on antique paper, title in red and black, 38 engraved plates (of which 15 are folding) after Hooke and Sir Christopher Wren (2 plates titled in manuscript, as the Horblit copy), woodcut headpieces and initials. With the gilt supralibros of the Society of Writers to the Signet on both covers; bookplate and library label of William Morehead. First edition, first issue, of this "early landmark in microscopy, containing the first illustration of cells [plate xi]" (Horblit). Published under the aegis of the Royal Society, Hooke's observations were the first to be carried out with an improved compound microscope, and the first to describe the microscopic structure of tissue with the term "cell". The book reproduces the almost frantic series of observations made by Hooke in 1663 and 1664 as the young scientist (he was still in his 20s) peered through the lenses of his new microscope at anything he could find. His text ranges widely, finding space for discussion of microscopic fungi, the life cycle of the mosquito, the origin of lunar craters, as well as the origin of fossils (Hooke's proposal is the first sensible one in print). There is also the discussion of light and colour which led to his bitter dispute with Newton. The extent of Hooke's investigation and the precision of his account entirely devoted to microscopical examination made Hooke's work "probably the most influential book in the entire history of microscopy" (Norman). But it is the justly famous series of plates, engraved mostly from Hooke's drawings with some probably by Sir Christopher Wren, which ultimately distinguishes the book, made it a contemporary bestseller, and kept Pepys up all night staring at it in amazement. Here are the tiny, unregarded components of everyday life – a stinging nettle, for example, a louse, or the famous flea – blown up with a startling degree of detail and exactness not to be equalled until the age of the electron microscope. This discovery of a world-within-a-world had a profound influence on contemporary perceptions of everyday reality: the disorientating effect of the new perspective is memorably captured in Swift's descriptions of Lilliput and Brobdingnag in Gulliver's Travels. Printing and the Mind of Man 147; Dibner 18; Garrison–Morton 262; Heirs of Hippocrates 599; Grolier/Horblit 50; Keynes Hooke 6; Krivatsy 5958; Wellcome III, 269; Wing H2620; Norman 1092. Bookseller Inventory # 41556

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