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'A list of two thousand microscopic objects' book by Andrew Pritchard, England, 1835

Written by Andrew Pritchard (1804-82), a microscopist and spectacle maker, this book lists numerous animals and plants that have been viewed underneath a microscope. Pritchard was more of an optician, spectacle maker and salesman than a bi-ologist and so the book was aimed mainly at the interested amateur. It sold for 1 shilling (just over £4 today.) The book also gave ideas for specimens to view under the microscope, how to do so accurately and how to label specimens of natural history, botany and mineralogy correctly.

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1982-359

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Glossary:

Glossary: book

A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. Usually continuous printing or writing.

Glossary: microscopy

The use of microscopes to study objects or samples. The three major types of microscopy are optical, electron and scanning probe microscopy.