Reference numberEL/L1/49
TitleLetter, from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to Robert Hooke, dated at Delft
CreatorLeeuwenhoek; Antoni van (1632-1723); tradesman and microscopist
Date12 January 1680
DescriptionConcerning the germinal spot of an egg; microscopic observations of oak, elm, beech, willow, alder, ebony, box wood, straw; discusses the movement of water in tree vessels; observations of the sperm of various fish
Leeuwenhoek adds a note about his diagram of the circumference of an imaginary oak, alder etc showing annual growth rings
25 figures - five are in pencil and the others in red chalk- of transverse or tangential sections of different species of wood
Transcribed and translated in 'Alle de brieven van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek', edited, illustrated and annotated by Committee of Dutch Scientists, vol 3, p 145
Printed in 'Philosophical Transactions', vol 13, no 148, p 197
Place originDelft, South Holland, (United Provinces) Netherlands
Origin coordinates52.00667, 4.35556
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NotesThis item is followed by EL/L1/47, EL/L1/48, and EL/L1/41 (in that order)
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rstl.1683.0030
CopiesDigital photograph of the tangential section of beech
Digitial photograph of the transverse section of oak
URL descriptionAlso available on Early Modern Letters Online
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8242Hooke; Robert (1635 - 1703); natural philosopher1635 - 1703
NA8438van Leeuwenhoek; Antoni (1632 - 1723); tradesman and microscopist1632 - 1723
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