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Leeuwenhoek type microscopes, late 17th century.

Leeuwenhoek type microscopes, late 17th century.
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actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


The Dutch microscopist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), was the first to observe bacteria and protozoa using his own simple microscopes. These two examples of Leeuwenhoek type instruments are a silver microscope made by Butterfield of Paris (top) and a bras instrument made by Depouilly, also of Paris (bottom).

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