Doppler’s groundbreaking paper on microsopy, 1st offprint, 1845

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Christian DOPPLER: ÜBER EINE WESENTLICHE VERBESSERUNG DER KATOPTRISCHEN MIKROSKOPE. With 6 lithographic plates. Prag: 1845.

Christian DOPPLER: ÜBER EINE WESENTLICHE VERBESSERUNG DER KATOPTRISCHEN MIKROSKOPE. [On a substantial improvement of catoptric microscopes.] (Aus den Abhandlungen der königl. böhm. Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften. V. Folge, Band 4.) [Offprint]. With6 lithographic plate showing 28 illustrations. Prag: In Commission bei Borrosch und André 1845.

4mo (27,7:22,3 cm). p. [1-3], 4-38, pl. I-VI. Lithography and letterpress on fresh machine paper, in original publisher’s brochure on mint-coloured stock with black ornamental lithographic title printing.

First and very rare offprint in the original wrappers, of this profusely illustrated paper by Doppler, who through the use of spherical mirrors has made a significant contribution to the development of microscopy.

Contents: Among other things, Doppler in this paper points out the importance of grinding and polishing glasses and metal mirrors. (Cf. Clay: History of the Microscope).

Rarity: ABPC (1973ff.) and JAP/APO (1988ff.) record no copies at all at auction; no copies in trade.

Reference: Poggendorf I, 595; Schuster: Doppler IV, 42 and 43.