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    Image number: RS.15742

    Flesh fibres

    3 March 1682
    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632 - 1723, Dutch) , Naturalist
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    height (page): 148mm
    width (page): 206mm
    In a letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Robert Hooke.

    Fig. 1: a flesh fibre (in a muscle).
    Fig. 2: a flesh fibre flattened so that van Leeuwenhoek could better see the filaments in the fibre.
    Object history
    'I made a drawing of it as best as I could (for I cannot draw)' (Alle de brieven van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, ed. by a committee of Dutch scientists, 17 vols [ongoing] (Amsterdam: Swets & Zeitlinger, 1939- ), III (1948), 382-415 (letter 67) (p. 395)).

    A. Leeuwenhoeck, ‘Curious discoveries about internal texture of the flesh of muscles, of strange motions in fins, and the manner of production of shells of oysters’, Philosophical Collections, 5 (1682), pp. 152-60.

    Journal de médecine (1683), 112-28. With four figures. (French translation of a copy of this letter, which was sent to Antoni Heinsius.)

    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Ontledingen en ontdekkingen (Leiden: C. Boutesteyn, 1686), pp. 16-29. With six figures.

    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Anatomia Seu interiora Rerum, Cum Animatarum tum Inanimatarum, Ope & beneficio [sic] exquisitissimorum Microscopiorum Detecta, variisque experimentis demonstrata [etc.] (Leiden: C. Boutesteyn, 1687), pp. 43-53.
    Related fellows
    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632 - 1723, Dutch) , Naturalist
    Robert Hooke (1635 - 1703, British) , Natural philosopher
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