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Image number: RS.15779
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Observations on the insides of pips from figs and strawberries, and the hairs on lobster legs


10 July 1696


Unknown, Artist

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height (page): 178mm
width (page): 145mm



Six figures attached to a printed letter from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society.

Fig. 1: a pith or kernel from a fig
Fig. 2: a young plant taken out of the pip of a fig
Fig. 3: the same as fig. 2 but now the small leaves are put in front of the magnifying glass in such a way that the thickness of the leaves can be seen
Fig. 4: the plant that is inside a strawberry seed
Figs 5 and 6: the hairs on the legs of a lobster.

Object history

The letter and images were published in:

A. Leeuwenhoek, ‘Microscopical observations on eels, mites, the seeds of figs, strawberries etc.’, Phil. Trans. vol. 19, no. 221 (June, July and August 1696), pp. 269-80, figs 1-6. (The copper plate for Phil. Trans. is different than for the Dutch and Latin publications produced in Delft.)

A. van Leeuwenhoek, Sesde Vervolg Der Brieven (Delft: H. van Krooneveld, 1696), pp. 269-85.

A. van Leeuwenhoek, Continuatio Arcanorum (Delft: H. a Kroonevelt, 1697), pp. 126-41.

Related Fellows

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723, Dutch), Naturalist

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