Record

Reference numberEL/L1/22
LevelItem
TitleAntoni van Leeuwenhoek, dated at Delft, to Henry Oldenburg
CreatorLeeuwenhoek; Antoni van (1632-1723); Dutch tradesman and scientist
Date9 October 1676
DescriptionSigned autograph
Discovery of five different 'animalcules' (micro-organisms - one possibly bacteria) in pepper-infused water and carries out experiments with rain-, well-, moat-, sea-, and river-water, and infusions of various spices; an account of the structure of a peppercorn, wheat, ginger; whether or not there are organisms in the air
Four figures in the margin (particles of pepper grain and in ginger-water)
LanguageDutch
Extent18 sides
FormatManuscript
Place originDelft, South Holland, (United Provinces) Netherlands
Origin coordinates52.00667, 4.35556
Access statusOpen
Related materialPartial translation by Oldenburg see EL/L1/23
Transcribed and translated in 'Alle de brieven van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek', edited, illustrated and annotated by Committee of Dutch Scientists, vol 2, p 61
For summary see 'The correspondence of Henry Oldenburg', ed and trans by A Rupert Hall & Marie Boas Hall, vol 13, p 82
Partial translation printed in 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 12, no 133, p 821
B&W negative, first page only, Box N101. IM/005317
Related records in the catalogueIM/005317
URL descriptionAlso available on Early Modern Letters Online
URLhttp://emlo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/profile/work/25acf81d-8e2f-4317-b7ca-d5fb4e4e2124
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA8438Leeuwenhoek; Antoni van (1632 - 1723); naturalist1632 - 1723
NA8001Oldenburg; Henry (c1619 - 1677); scientific correspondentc1619 - 1677
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