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The Microscope Made Easy
One large volume in-8º; title, xvi, 311, (13) pp. index, 15 plates (1 not numbered), 1 table (p. 36); brown basane, spine with raised bands decorated with cold-stamped irons, red morocco title-piece, fillet, roulette and cold-stamped motifs on the boards. Some foxing, some soiling. Pages C4, H3 and H4 not paginated. Some wear to the binding, stain to the bottom board. Spine restored.
Third edition of this treatise on Baker's microscopes, the original edition of which appeared in 1743 and was followed the same year by a second edition, illustrated with 15 plates and a table of the magnifying powers of convex glasses employed in single microscopes... Exlibris Comte Roussy de Sales.
Henry Baker (1698-1774) was a biologist and member of the Society of Antiquaries.
Under the tutoring of bookseller, Baker developed a system for teaching people with hearing limitations. This trick brought him a good amount of income and the opportunity to meet Daniel Defoe. In 1740 Baker was elected a member of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Society. In 1744 he received the Copley Medal for his microscopic observations of the crystallization of salt particles. He also studied several species of aquatic animals as well as fossils. He was one of the founders of the Royal Society of Arts in 1754 and became its secretary. He was a member of the Society of Antiquaries.
He published, among others, The Microscope made Easy 1743, Employment for the Microscope 1753 (he published the Microscope put within the reach of everyone, translated into French by Father Esprit Pezenas (1692-1776) in 1754) and several volumes of poetry including The Universe, a Poem intended to restrain the Pride of Man 1727. His name is also attached to the Bakerian readings of the Royal Society which he founded with a donation of £100. He died in London in 1774.