A New Home for a Historical Microscope

Clamshell box storing a Culpeper-Style English Microscope (ca. 1760)

Clamshell box storing a Culpeper-Style English Microscope (ca. 1760)

In 2013, an extraordinary collection on the history of medicine was transferred from the Taubman Library to the Special Collections Library, University of Michigan Library. Among the books, we came across three eighteenth-century microscopes stored in plain boxes and in need of  conservation treatment. They have now been repaired and are in new homes. Here is a video explaining in detail the  conservation work performed in one of these wonderful microscopes.

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Our Culpeper-style microscope will be on display as part of an incoming exhibit on the early history of the microscope: "Through the Magnyfing Glass: A Short History of the Microscope". This display will open in the Special Collections Library, seventh floor of the Hatcher Library,  on April 9th. Stay tuned!