Microscopic studies

    Date
    1704
    Creator
    Unknown, Engraver
    Creator - Organisation
    The Royal Society, Publisher
    Object type
    Article identifier
    Material
    Technique
    Subject
    Physics
       > Optics
          > Microscopy
    Biology
       > Natural history
    Description
    3 tables from issue 293 of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.

    Table 1, Figures 1-6. Studies of the crystalline lens of the eye of a whale as it appears to the naked eye (1,3), with detail views of various sections of the lens, viewed with a microscope (2, 5, 6) and without (4). Illustrations to ‘A letter from Mr Antony van Leeuwenhoek, F. R. S. concerning the flesh of whales, crystaline humour of the eye of whales, fish, and other creatures, and of the use of the eye-lids’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.24, issue 293 (October 1704).

    Table 2, Figure 1. Microscopic study of the skin of the leaf of a greater celandine, Chelidonium majus.
    Figures 2-3. Microscopic studies of sap obtained from the leaf of the same.
    Figures 4-7. Microscopic studies of the tubular structures, referred to here as ‘canals’, found within the leaf, at different magnification levels.
    Figure 8. Study of the skin of the leaf as it appears to the naked eye.
    Figure 9-13. Microscopic studies of the particles of the residue formed from boiling the sap in water.

    Illustrations to ‘A letter from Mr Antony van Leeuwenhoek, concerning the tubes or canals that convey the yellow sap in the herb called Chelidonium majus or celandine, &c; in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.24, issue 293 (October 1704).

    Table 3, Figures 1-11. Microscopic studies of the various shapes of tobacco ash particles, having been dissolved in rain water for 24 hours. Illustrations to ‘A letter from Mr Antony Van Leeuwenhoek, F. R. S. to John Chamberlain, Esq; S. R. S. concerning tobacco ashes’ in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.24, issue 293 (October 1704).

    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) Dutch microscopist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1680.
    Related fellows
    Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632 - 1723, Dutch) , Microscopist
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > Netherlands
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.18913
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