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BAKER, Henry (1698--1774)
The microscope made easy: or, I. The nature, uses, and magnifying powers of the best kinds of microscopes described, calculated, and explained: for the instruction of such, particularly, as desire to search into the wonders of the minute creation, tho' they are not acquainted with optics. Together with full directions how to prepare, apply, examine, and preserve all sorts of objects, and proper cautions to be observed in viewing them. II. An account of what surprizing discoveries have been already made by the microscope: with useful reflection son them. And also a great variety of new experiments and observations, ... By Henry Baker, ... Illustrated with copper plates. The third edition: with an additional plate of the solar microscope, and some farther accounts of the polype.
London: printed for R. Dodsley, and sold by M. Cooper, and J. Cuff, optician, 1744.
[2], xvi, 22, [2], 23--98, [4], 99--311, [13] p., [1] letterpress table, XIV, [1] engr. pl. ; 20.5 cm. (8º)

This work, first published in 1742, made the author's name as a scientific writer and popularizer and went through five editions in his lifetime as well as translations into French and Dutch, but he is also remembered as a successful teacher of deaf people and people with speech defects. A second enlarged edition, of which the present edition is an unaltered reprint, was published the following year, including for the first time the additional, unnumbered plate of the solar microscope inserted between pages 22 and 23. The instruments used were available for sale from the optician John Cuff. ESTC t90180.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone on 9 June 1804 for 9s. as a two-volume set with the 1753 edition of Baker's other work on the microscope, Employment for the microscope (q.v.). (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). Front free-endpaper inscribed by Boone in pencil 2 Vols. -9s- and with his hieroglyphs.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red and black morocco spine-labels. Bound as volume I of a two-volume set, uniform with Employment for the microscope (q.v.).

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