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Les plus nouvelles decouvertes dans le regne vegetal, ou observations microscopiques', book, France, 1770

This book is a French edition of a German work on microscopy. The title translates from French as ‘New Discoveries in the Vegetable Kingdom from Microscopical Observations.’ Written by Wilhelm Friedrich, Freiherr von Gleichen-Russwurm (1717-83), it reflects the growing interest in microscopy as a tool of investigation and a means of categorising the natural world. The book contains water colour plates showing different microscopes and their accessories.

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Glossary: book

A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. Usually continuous printing or writing.

Glossary: microscopy

The use of microscopes to study objects or samples. The three major types of microscopy are optical, electron and scanning probe microscopy.