Carnegie Mellon University

August Highlight - Posner intern's Choice

Hooke Micrographia imageHooke's Microscopic Images

Robert Hooke, 1635-1703.  Micrographia: or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses.  London, J. Martyn and J. Allestry, Printers to the Royal Society, 1665.  

Hooke improved the compound microscope and illustrated his observations of biological specimens, iron, glass, and silk with 38 copperplate engravings. As the first major Royal Society publication, it was a scientific best-seller and introduced the term cell. The book also includes meteorological and astronomical observations, and comments on the transmission of sound through a wire.

The Posner Collection copy was previously owned by Capt. Edward O. Hollis, R. A. and member of the Royal Geographical Society.

Selected by Jesse Boardman Kauppila, 2014 Posner Intern, MFA Candidate, School of Art