V.I. – Micrographia

Or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries thereupon.

HoS‘s post Graphic Portrayal of the Hitherto Unknown Microcosm has this to say –

This was the first book devoted entirely to microscopical observations, and also the first book to pair its microscopic descriptions with profuse and detailed illustrations. This graphic portrayal of the hitherto unknown microcosm had an impact rivalling that of Galileo‘s Sidereus nuncius (1610), which was the first book to include images of the macrocosm shown through the telescope

Authored and Illustrated by Robert Hooke in 1665, of the above Observ. XXIV. Of the surfaces of Rosemary, and other leaves he says –

This which is delineated within the circle of the second Figure of the 14. Scheme, is a small part of the back or under side of a leaf of Rosemary, which I did not therefore make choice of because it had any thing peculiar which was not observable with a Microscope in several other Plants, but because it exhibits at one view…

He then goes on to describe the characteristics and their properties.

HoS is really very gold and shiny.


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