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BAKER, Henry (1698--1774)
Employment for the microscope. In two parts. I. An examination of salts and saline substances, their amazing configurations and crystals, as formed under the eye of the observer: with plain directions how to prepare such substances, and preserve them in constant readiness for inspections; ... also occasional considerations on gems, poisons, the vegetation of metals, the resuscitation of plants, the formation of amber, corals, and many other subjects. II. An account of various animalcules never before described, and many other microscopical discoveries: ... Likewise a description of the microscope used in these experiments, and of a new micrometer ... Illustrated with seventeen copper plates. By Henry Baker, ...
London: printed for R. Dodsley: and sold by M. Cooper; and J. Cuff, optician, 1753.
xiv, 442, [10] p., XVII fold. pl. ; 20.1 cm. (8º)

First published in 1735. Baker was awarded the Royal Society's Copley medal in 1744 for his experiments on the crystallization of salts under the microscope as described in part I of this work. (See B.J. Ford, Single lens: the story of the simple microscope, London, Heinemann, 1985, pp. 99--111). Plate XVI, showing John Cuff's double microscope and its accessories, is unnumbered. Plates engraved by J. Mynde after D.E. Baker, except the unnumbered plate which is by K. Tinney after I. Parbury. ESTC t94557.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone on 9 June 1804 for 9s. as a two-volume set with a copy of the third edition of Baker's other work on the microscope, The microscope made easy, 1744 (q.v.). (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4).

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red and black morocco spine-labels. Bound as volume II of a two-volume set, uniform with The microscope made easy (q.v.).

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