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Letter, from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society, dated at Delft

Reference number: EL/L2/13

Date: 11 July 1687

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Signed autograph
Examination of the eggs of silkworms; examination of caterpillar's eggs; observations of human's squinting and a theory for its cause; as a note, Leeuwenhoek adds that he has observed roots of barley grain
Original figures no longer exist; engraved figures for publication are attached
Transcribed and translated in 'Alle de brieven van Antoni van Leeuwenhoek', edited, illustrated and annotated by Committee of Dutch Scientists, vol 6, p 311

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EL/L2/13
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11 July 1687
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17 pages
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Manuscript and Printed

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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek

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Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Letter, from Antoni van Leeuwenhoek to the Royal Society, dated at Delft, 11 July 1687, EL/L2/13, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/el_l2_13/letter-from-antoni-van-leeuwenhoek-to-the-royal-society-dated-at-delft, accessed on 24 July 2024

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