Mikroskopische Gemüths- und Augen-Ergötzung: bestehend in Ein Hundert nach der Natur gezeichneten und mit Farben erleuchteten Kupfertafeln, sammt deren Erklärung.

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Nürnberg, verlegt von Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt, gedruckt von Christian de Launoy, (1759-62) 1763. 4to (240 x 195mm). pp. (14), 204, (4), with 1 handcoloured engraved allegorical frontispiece, 1 engraved portrait, and 100 fine handcoloured engraved plates (bound with): IDEM. Nachleese seiner mikroskopischen Gemüths- und Augen-Ergötzung... Nürnberg, verlegt und in Kupfer gebracht von Adam Wolffgang Winterschmidt, gedruckt auf Kosten des Verlegers von Christian de Launoy, 1762. 4to. pp. (16), 94, (2), with engraved title 'Drittes Funfzig', 1 engraved vignette and 50 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, worn.

"Mikroskopieren" was a fashionable pastime for many of the well-to-do classes

Martin Frobenius Ledermüller (1719-1769) settled down in Nuremberg in 1749, after having been wandering about for many years as a soldier and a secretary, and started his valuable microscopical observations under the protection and direction of the famous Dr. C.J. Trew. The publication of the results, with the finely engraved and coloured plates by the successful Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt, met with close attention and interest, and for years to come the "Mikroskopieren" was a fashionable pastime for many of the well-to-do classes. The work describes and illustrates a wide range of objects: parts of plants and insects, small shells, plancton, the crystallization of salts in solution etc. In the "Nachlese" 16 plates show various kinds of miscroscopes and optical experiments. The author was the first to use the term 'infusoria'. A small number of leaves with some slight staining or browning.

Graesse IV, 139; Brunet III, 919: "Ouvrage très estimé"; Hagen I, 464; Horn-Schenkling 13091-92; Nissen BBI, 1156.