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Image number: RS.15807
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Cross-sections, vessels and cells from cinnammon, lime wood and cork


27 March 1705


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height (page): 226mm
width (page): 177mm



Nine figures in a letter by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society.

Figs 7-9: channels in the bark of a cinnamon tree.
Fig. 10: cross-section of a lime wood tree.
Fig. 11: a very small part of the bark of lime wood. NS is a magnification of a line like AIH in Fig. 10.
Fig. 12: ABCDEFG shows a slice of lime wood in which, in nine different places, one can see the horizontal vessels or canals that have been cut crosswise and are located between the small vertical vessels or canals which constitute the greater part of the wood.
Fig. 13: a cork used as a bottle stopper.
Fig. 14: a small portion of a cork, cut off between G and H.
Fig. 15: a similar bit of cork as seen with a higher magnification.

Object history

The Journal Book mentions on 25 April 1705, 'A Letter was Read from Mr Leeuwenhoeck concerning the Barks of Trees; it endeavors to prove that they are nourished by vessels from the Wood' (JBO/11/70).

Printed in A. Leeuwenhoek, ‘Concerning barks of tree’, Phil. Trans. vol. 24, no. 296 (February 1705), pp. 1843-55, figs 1-15.

Related Fellows

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

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