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Description: One of the finest 18th century works on microscopy, beautifully illustrated

LEDERMÃœLLER, Martin Frobenius.
Mikroskoopische vermaaklykheden, zo voor de oogen als voor den geest, behelzende de afbeeldingen van veelerley voorwerpen, zo van dierlyke lighaamen, als van planten en delfstoffen. Thans aanmerkelyk vermeerderd door A.W. Winterschmidt, mr. teekenaar, konst- en musiekverkoper te Neuremburg.

Amsterdam, Erven van F. Houttuyn, 1776. 4 parts in 2 vols. 4to. Contemporary half calf, spines ribbed and gilt, with red morocco title-labels. With illustrations on 174 full-page engraved plates mostly by Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt (1733-1796) after the author, all beautifully coloured by hand. (8), 78; (4), 88; (4), 80; (4), 58, (12) pp.

The scarce, first complete Dutch edition of the collected works of Martin Frobenius Ledermüller (1719-1769), lawyer, naturalist and scientist especially famous for his publications on microscopy. The translation is perhaps by M. Houttuyn. According to Horn-Schenkling, this edition combines al but 1 of Ledermüller's works, published separately in Nürnberg, mostly by Winterschmidt, 1759-1776. The main part comprises translations of Mikroskopische Gemüths- und Augenergötzung (1759-1760, with 100 plates), enlarged with Nachlese (...) (1762, with 50 plates) and Abgenöthigte verteidigung (...) (1765, with 2 plates). Of these three parts, Houttuyn published a Dutch edition in 3 vols. and with only 150 plates, in 1771. The present edition is enlarged with translations of 2 more works: Versuch bei angehender Frühlingszeit die Vergrößerungs-Werkzeuge zum nützlichen und angenehmen Zeitvertreib anzuwenden (1764, with 12 plates) and Letzte Beobachtungen seiner mikroskopischen Ergötzungen (...) nebst der Beschreibung und Abbilduing einen neuen un vollständigen Universal-Mikroskops (1776, with 8 plates). The numbering of the plates in our edition largely corresponds with the separate German editions: 100 plates in parts I and II and 50 plates in part III. In the final part, a total of 24 plates (only 22 plates in the German additions to the main parts).
The 174 beautiful plates, engraved by Winterschmidt after drawings by the author show a wide range of objects under magnification and according to the title-pages "met hunne natuurlyke kleuren afgebeeld", like insects, crystals, plants, minerals etc. The final chapter comprises a description of the newly invented microscope by Burucker ("instrumentmaaker te Neuremburg"), with 8 detailed plates.

Fine, untrimmed copy.- (Bindings sl. rubbed; vol. 1 hinges splitting at foot of spine).
Nissen, ZBI, 1156; Hagen 464; Stafleu, TL, 4288; Landwehr, Col. Pl., 482; Horn-Schenkling 13096, note ("Von verschiedenen Werken (...) holländ. Uebersetzung in 4 Bd"). For the separate original German publications, cf. Horn-Schenkling 13091-4 and 13096 and Cobres II, p. 264 ff.
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