Microscope

Description
Filippo Bonanni (1638-1725), an Italian Jesuit who worked in several scientific and technical fields, depicted a horizontal compound monocular in his text, Micrographia Curiosa (Rome, 1691). According to Clay and Court, this microscope of Bonanni’s was the first with a rack and pinion focus, as well as the first with a sub-stage condenser that could be focused, and that had more than one lens. The Smithsonian’s example is a replica based on the Bonanni image published by Clay and Court.
Ref: Reginald Clay and Thomas Court, The History of the Microscope (London, 1932), pp. 85-86.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
1936-1944
maker
Lucas, Joseph D.
place made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
ID Number
MG*M-12217
catalog number
M-12217
accession number
271793
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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