LEEUWENHOEK, A. Van.-
BIDLOO, G. Brief van G: Bidloo aan Antony van Leeuwenhoek; Wegens de dieren, welke men zomtyds in de lever der Schaapen en andere beesten vind.
Delft, by Hendrik van Kroonevelt, 1698. 4to (187 x 150mm). pp. (2), 34, with 1 engraved plate and 3engravings in the text.
Letter of G. Bidloo to Antony van Leeuwenhoek; concerning the animals, which are sometimes found inthe liver of sheep and other beasts. According to Dobell (pages 220 & 400) "'The Dutch edition is extremely rare'. Fasciola hepatica - the worm itself - was well known to Leeuwenhoek; for the Dutch anatomist Bidloo (1649-1713) dedicated a little memoir to him, in 1698, in which it was described and figured. At a later date, Leeuwenhoek himself wrote a letter to the Royal Society on the 'Worms observ'd in Sheep Livers'- of which an English abstract was published in 'Phil. Trans' (1704)". Govert Bidloo or Govard Bidloo was a Dutch Golden Age physician, anatomist, poet and playwright. He was the personal physician of William III of Orange-Nassau, Dutch stadholder and King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Bidloo was also a prolific and popular poet, opera librettist, and playwright. He wrote the libretto for the first-ever Dutch opera, Ceres, Venus en Bacchus (1686) by Johan Schenck. B.M. (Nat. Hist.) I, p. 161.
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