Credit: ┬ęThe Royal Society
    Image number: RS.15713

    Nature print of oak leaves

    26 March 1675
    Unknown, Artist
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    height (page): 204mm
    width (page): 154mm
    In a letter by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Henry Oldenburg.

    These are the impressions or nature prints of two oak leaves. Leeuwenhoek uses them to explain which part he took to observe under his microscope (part AE). His letter also included the drawings of the sections (EL/L1/13/005).
    Object history
    In the University Library of Leipzig (Nachlass 135), two leaves of drawings are kept, which fairly correspond with two out of the three leaves that go with this letter, representing the section of a vein of an oak-leaf and two oak-leaves. The Leipzig copy is approximately the reflection of the London drawing. The lettering is slightly different. Judging by the handwriting, the inscription is by Constantijn Huygens. The drawing of the transverse section of a vein of an oak-leaf, kept in London and in Leipzig, as well as the figure of the leg of a louse are in pencil. The figures of oak-leaves are ink-impressions. (Alle de brieven van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, ed. by a committee of Dutch scientists, 17 vols [ongoing] (Amsterdam: Swets & Zeitlinger, 1939- ), I, 276-95 (letter 17).)
    Related fellows
    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632 - 1723, Dutch) , Naturalist
    Henry Oldenburg (1612 - 1677, German) , Scientific correspondent
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