London Published Feb 26 1813 by G. Jones.
Stipple with large margins. Plate 178 x 114mm. 7 x 4½".
Antonie Philips van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723) the Dutch tradesman and scientist who is known as the 'Father of Microbiology', and considered to be the first microbiologist. He is best known for hs work on the improvement of the microscope and was the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms. One of a number of stipple heads of Kings and Queens of similar format printed on quarto sheets, by Chapman, published by J. Wilkes, 1795-1810. They probably appeared as illustrations to the 'Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature ... Embellished by ... engravings. Compiled ... by John Wilkes'.
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