Eustachio Divini (1610-1685) was an important optical instrument maker in Rome who is known to have made microscopes. While there are, today, no Divini microscopes with signature or solid provenance, an unsigned example in the Museo Astronomico Copernicano may have been made by him. This is a replica of that instrument.
Ref: John Mayall, Jr., Cantor Lectures on the Microscope (London, 1886), p. 16.
“Another Extract Out of the Italian Journal, Being a Description of a Microscope of a New fashion, by the means whereof there hath been seen an Animal lesser than any of those seen hitherto,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 3 (1668): 842.
Maria Luisa Righini Bonelli and Albert Van Helden, Divini and Campani: A Forgotten Chapter in the History of the Accademia del Cimento (Florence, 1981).
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Object Name
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Lucas, Joseph D.
place made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
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Science & Mathematics
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mrs. Joseph D. Lucas
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