1893 text

“Micrographia: or some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by Magnifying Glasses. London, 1665,” a very remarkable work with elaborate plates, some of which have been used for lecture illustrations almost to our own day. On November 23rd, 1664, the President of the Royal Society was “desired to sign a licence for printing of Mr. Hooke’s microscopical book.” At this time the book was mostly printed, but it was delayed, much to Hooke’s disgust, by the examination of several Fellows of the Society. In spite of this examination the council were anxious that the author should make it clear that he alone was responsible for any theory put forward, and they gave him notice to that effect. Hooke made this clear in his dedication (see Birch’s “History,” vol. i., pp. 490-491)

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Hooke, Robert, 1635-1703.
Micrographia: or Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses. With observations and inquiries thereupon. By R. Hooke, Fellow of the Royal Society.
London : printed by Jo. Martyn, and Ja. Allestry, printers to the Royal Society, and are to be sold at their shop at the Bell in S. Paul’s Church-yard, MDCLXV. [1665]
[36], 246, [10] p., I-XV, XVII-XXXVIII leaves of plates (some folded) ;
2⁰. Title page in red and black with a preliminary order to print and ten final contents leaves.
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), H2620

Pepys' copy now PL 2116. A full description of the binding was published in Howard Nixon's catalog of the bindings in the Pepys' Library. L&M note "Pepys later had it embellished with an index and marginal notes in the hand of an amanuensis."

The edition was reprinted in 1667.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

National Library of Medicine (US) copy viewable with 'Turning the Pages' software; alas the plates larger than a single sheet have not been unfolded.


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