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Image number: RS.9444
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Snail teeth, silkworm eggs and vinegar eels

Date

1665

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

Robert Hooke (1635-1703, British), Natural Philosopher

Object type

Library reference

RCN 45230

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 305mm
width (print): 204mm

Subject

Physics
   > Optics
      > Microscopy
Biology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > insect
nature
   > animal
      > fish

Description

Microscopic study of three specimens: Fig. 1. a snail’s teeth cornu aspersum (top); Fig. 2. a silkworm’s egg bombyx mori (middle), and; Fig. 3. vinegar eels panagrellus redivivus.

Inscribed above: ‘Schem XXV’

Written in the associated text: ‘The Eggs of silk-worms (one of which I have describ’d in the second Figure of 25. Scheme) afford a pretty Object for a Microscope…the whole surface of the shell may be perceiv’d all cover’d over with exceeding small pits or cavities with interposed edges, almost in the manner of the surface of a Poppy-seed’

Plate 25 from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: or some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses with observations and inquiries thereupon (1665), the first fully-illustrated book on the topic of microscopy. In the preface Hooke asserts that he had discovered ‘a new visible World’.

Robert Hooke (1635-1703) British natural philosopher was a founding member of the Royal Society, elected in 1663. Before his career with the Royal Society, Hooke had been apprenticed to painter Peter Lely (1618-1680), where he learned to draw and paint. Though he did not engrave the images in Micrographia himself they were engraved after his illustrations.

Associated place

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      > United Kingdom