Essays on the microscope : containing a practical description of the most improved microscopes; a general history of insects, their transformations, peculiar habits, and oeconomy... illustrated with thirty-two folio plates / by the late George Adams.

Title: 
Essays on the microscope : containing a practical description of the most improved microscopes; a general history of insects, their transformations, peculiar habits, and oeconomy... illustrated with thirty-two folio plates / by the late George Adams.
Author/Artist: 
Adams, George, 1750-1795.
Publisher: 
London : Printed by Dillon and Keating for the editor, 1798.
Description: 
2 v. (xvii, 724 p., 32 fold. leaves of plates) : ill. ; 28 cm.
Other Authors: 
Kanmacher, Frederick.
Edition: 
2nd ed. / with considerable additions and improvements by Frederick Kanmacher.
Format of Material: 
Books
Bib ID: 
110118
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Location: 
Secured Stacks - Rare Books
Call Number: 
QH271.A21 *
Notes: 
Includes index.
Spine of text volume, covers, volume 1 title page, p. 8 (Text) Digital images used in the Rakow Collection Awards on Musenews in July 2009 and at the Communications meeting in September 2009.
Frontispiece and title page of text volume photographed in September 2009 (Filename Rakow_1000078841_CMYK-apd.jpg).
Text and plates digitized by Boston Photo Imaging April 2013.
Title page of text volume photographed in September 2009 (Filename Rakow_1000078841_titlepage_CMYK-apd.jpg).
Plates III, IV, IX, XI, XVIII, XXII, XXVII, 7A and 7B photographed in September 2009 (Filename Rakow_1000078842_Plate _CMYK-apd.jpg).
Includes instructions for making "glass globules", drops of glass used as magnifying lenses, and descriptions of early lampworking (p. 8-12).
Photographed for The Gather, fall 2009 issue.
Contents: 
A concise history of the invention and improvements which have been made upon the instrument called a microscope --
Of vision, of the optical effects of microscopes, and of the manner of estimating their magnifying powers --
A description of the most improved microscopes, and the method of using them --
General instructions for using the microscope, and preparing the objects --
The importance of natural history, of insects in general, and of their constituent parts --
A general view of the internal parts of insects, and more particularly of the caterpillar of the Phalæna Cossus; A description of sundry miscellaneous objects --
The natural history of the hydra, or fresh water polype --
Of the animalcula infusoria --
On the organization or construction of timber, as viewed by the microscope --
Of the crystallization of salts, as seen by the microscope, together with a concise list of objects --
An arrangement and description of minute and rare shells; A descriptive list of a variety of vegetable seeds, as they appear when viewed by the microscope / by the editor --
Instructions for collecting and preserving insects; A copious list of microscopic objects / by the editor.
Object/Material Note: 
Plate IV and plate XVIII published in The Gather, fall 2009/winter 2010 issue: AI78620, p. 12 PER NK5102.C8 .G26.
Plate III published in The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library [brochure], 2011: 127841, p. [7] (fig. 4).