Arcana naturae detecta & Continuatio arcanorum naturae detectorum

Delft: Henricum a Krooneveld, 1695 & 1697. Two volumes in one. 4to. [viii], 568, [14]; [ii], 192 pp plus 8 pages of index. First & first Latin of the Continuatio. Engraved allegorical title by Jeremias van Schaak, frtsp. of author, index & errata. With 34 engraved plates (26 folding) and numerous text illustrations. Half morocco over marbled boards. Interior excellent. Item #19337

THE BEGINNING OF MICROBIOLOGY
 
LEEUWENHOEK, Antoni van
Arcana naturae detecta; Continuatio arcanorum naturae detectorum . . . . Delft: Apud Henricum a Krooneveld, 1695; 1697. Two volumes in one. 4to. Engraved allegorical title, frontispiece portrait of author, index and errata, plus 34 engraved plates and numerous text illustrations. Nineteenth century half-morocco and marbled boards.
First edition of the Arcana and first edition in Latin of the Continuatio. Leeuwenhoek’s most important discoveries are contained in this celebrated series of letters to the Royal Society of London, including his epoch making experiments with the microscope, revealing to his contemporaries a previously unknown and fascinating aspect of nature the world of microorganisms. $ 18,500.00
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Price: $18,500.00