Publishing illustrations prepared with a microscope

Illustration from Stelluti translation

In 1630 Francesco Stelluti published an edition of an Italian translation of the poems of the Roman satirist Persius. For this edition Matthaeus Greuter engraved two plates, which are the first illustrations prepared with a compound microscope to be included in a printed book.

Image: Aulus Persius Flaccus. 'Persio tradotto in verso sciolto e dichiarato da Francesco Stelluti. Rome, 1630. [NLS shelfmark: MRB.151]

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