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HOOKE, Robert (1635-1702).  Micrographia: Or Some Psychological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses. London: for James Allestry, 1667. 

Folio (298 x 198 mm). Title-page with engraved arms of the Royal Society, 38 engraved plates (32 folding), woodcut head-pieces and initials. (Some very minor spotting or soiling.) Contemporary sprinkled calf (sympathetically rebacked preserving original spine, edges and corners neatly restored); calf folding case gilt. Provenance: W. P. Collins (booksellers stamp rear flyleaf). 

FIRST EDITION, second issue, with the title dated 1667 instead of 1665, of "he most influential work in the history of microscopy, containing the discoveries made with Hooke's newly perfected compound microscope. Micrographia was not only the first book devoted entirely to microscopical observations, but also the first to pair its descriptions with profuse and detailed illustrations" (Norman). Garrison-Morton 262; Grolier/Horblit 50; Keynes 7; Norman 1092;  PMM 147.

Property from the Collection of Norman and Florence Blitch
  • Estimate$12,000 - $18,000

Sold for $36,250

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