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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


Hooke’s Micrographia plates added to site

13 September 2017

We have digitized the plates for Robert Hooke (1635–1703), Micrographia, or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries Thereupon (London, Printed by J. Martyn and J. Allestry, 1665). Using a microscope and a telescope, Hooke drew what he saw. His illustrations were so good that Diderot copied them with attribution for his Encyclopédie. From the flea to the head louse, from seaweed to seeds, from blue mold to moon craters, these 38 plates are worth a look. As we count down the days until Halloween, is there a better way to entertain your friends than with a giant head louse? Visit our online gift shop at CafePress to add the louse and other images to your permanent collection.

About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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