1780 Martinet; Hooke - Flea under a Microscope - Science Natural History Insects - hand coloured 48 cm engraving
Issued in: Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (Encyclopedia, or a Systematic Dictionary of the Sciences, Arts, and Crafts) by Denis Diderot (1713-1784) after Martinet.
Fine hand colour.
Picture of a flea seen under a microscope according to the microscope of Hooke. Extracted from the first edition of "L'Encyclopedie" of Diderot and D'Alembert. Engraved by R. Benard, engraver active in France between 1750 and 1780.
Size (in cm): The overall size is ca. 48 x 39 cm
Coloured copy of an exceptionally large plate showing an extraordinarily small and peculiar animal.
The plate was drawn by François Nicolás Martinet and engraved by Robert Bénard after the famous image in Robert Hooke's Micrographia of 1665.
Overall very good condition. Excellent hand colour.