Engraved and sold at Nuremberg, by Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt, printed by De Lanoy, 1764-68.
3 volumes in-4° of -126--96--12 (Chiffr. 41 to 52); 138--108 (Chiffr. 97 to 204)-; -118--23---94--20-8 pages, marbled calf, gilt fillets on the boards, spine ribbed and decorated, red edges (period binding).
First French translation, united with the German edition of this famous treatise on the microscope. It is illustrated with 2 frontispieces (one uncoloured) and 152 AMAZING AQUARELLED BOARDS showing enlargements of the most varied subjects on insects, minerals, plants and on everything that amused the author: Various moulds, camphor, mercury, butterfly wing, louse, sting of a bee, molluscs, piece of cork, scale of fish, small piece of sponge, drop of blood, urine, various hairs, apricot, snail, ox tongue, etc... Some of them show the use and the making of microscopes, with the different parts that compose them and their manipulation.
The last part is entitled "Answer of Ledermüller to some objections and doubts... illustrated with 2 unnumbered plates. Brunet mentions a last part (which is often missing): Traité physique et microscopique de l'asbeste, l'amiante, etc.", published in 1776, which is absent here.
The German edition "Mikroskopische Gemüths und Augen-Ergötzung: Bestehend, in Ein Hundert nach der Natur gezeichneten und mit Farben erleuchteten Kupfertafeln, Sammt deren Erklärung". Nuremberg, de Launoy für Winterschmidt 1763. 14]-204 pages is placed in 2 parts at the end of the first 2 volumes. Another text in German is bound at the end of volume 3. A good copy, despite minor defects. (Brunet III, 918).