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Image number: RS.18887
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Spermatozoa, ‘triple bladder’

Date

1701

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

Creator - Organisation

The Royal Society, Publisher

Object type

Article identifier

Material

Technique

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy
Biology
   > Anatomy
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

Description

Eight figures from issue 268 of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

Figures I-VII. Microscopic studies of spermatozoa of a ram, including: animalcule in the sperm (I), animalcule, lying dead (II), animalcule, with a tail slightly more bent (III), animalcules (IV, V, VI) and animalcule as ‘Hartsoeker’ described them (VII). Illustrations to ‘III. A letter from Mr Anthony Van Lewenhoek, F. R. S. concerning his further observations on the animalcula in semine masculino’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 22, issue 268 (January 1701).

Original letter from Leeuwenhoek containing these images can be found in Early Letters of the Royal Society, EL/L3/25.

Figure VIII. Anatomical study of a ‘triple bladder’, dissected by Paul Buissiere, showing a bladder inflamed by cystitis, alongside the prostate, urethra and base of the penis. Illustration to ‘V. A letters to the publisher from Mr Bussiere, F. R. S. concerning a triple bladder, &c’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 22, issue 268 (January 1701).

Original illustration first shown at a meeting of the Society on 22 May 1700, and can be found in MS/131/113, p.125.

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) Dutch microscopist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1680, and; Paul Buissiere (d.1739), French surgeon and anatomist, was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 1700.

Related Fellows

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723, Dutch), Microscopist
Paul Buissiere (1650-1739, French ), Surgeon

Associated place

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