Vervolg der Brieven

Leeuwenhoek, A. van
Leiden: Boutesteyn

Full title:

Vervolg der Brieven, geschreven aan de Wytvermaarde Koninglijke Societeit tot Londen

Continuation of the letters, written to the widely renowned Royal Society in London

Boutesteyn published the eight letters from 53 to 60 in Leiden. They were all addressed to members of the Royal Society in general, as indicated in the title.

Dobell #10: Letters 53 - 60

First edition, 1687

Dobell's version is the beginning of his Werken Part II, which has the Verkolje portrait as frontis. The first and second editions #10 and #10a do not have the portrait, which is in only some of the surviving copies.

front matter: pp. viii + 1-155

  • portrait
  • title page
  • one-page dedication from the printer (den drukker)
  • four-page Register der Saaken, a list of all Leeuwenhoek's letters from No. 28 to No. 52, with their dates, publishers, titles, and summary of contents (but not dates of publication)

All except the first, Letter 53, are numbered, and with continuous pagination. Each letter is preceded by a summary that is not in the Register at the beginning of the volume.

The 76 figures are in the text and on 8 plates.

Dobell #10a

Second edition, Boutesteyn 1688. No portrait.

Dobell #10b

Third edition, Boutesteyn 1704. New typesetting. Scans are available with and without the portrait.

Boutesteyn died in 1699 and the web sites say that his widow was active with her son after 1713, but this volume and others were printed with his name between those years.


Den Drukker tot den Leeser en Boekbinder.

Alsoo de Brieven, by den Auteur geschreven, by twee bysonder Boeckverkoopers zijn gedrukt, en niet soo, als die wel van tijd tot tijd zijn geschreven; en verscheyde klachten hem daar over zijn te vooren gekoman, dat veele niet weten, wat Brieven van den Auteur sijn uytgekomen, en hoe dezelve in ordre moeten by-een gebonden werden; soo heeft den selven goet gedagt, dit volgende Register hier by te voegen.

From the Printer to the Reader and Bookbinder.

As the letters, written by the Author, are printed at two special booksellers, and not so, as they were written from time to time; and several complaints to him have come to the fore, that many do not know what Letters of the Author have been published, and how they must be bound together in order; so has the same thought to add the following Index here.


Register der Saaken, in de voorgaende Brieven vervat.

NB. De voorgaande 27. Brieven by den Auteur geschreven, en heeft hy tot noch toe niet konnen resolveren die met den druk gemeen te maken: dus hier de 28ste Brief de eerste die gedrukt is.

Table of Contents, contained in the preceding Letters.

NB. The preceding 27 Letters written by the Author, he has until now not been able to resolve to make public with the press: thus here the 28th letter is the first that is printed.

The Register then had summaries of the contents of Letters 28 through 52. It concluded: De verhandeling der stoffe in deze tegenwoordige Brieven begrepen, staat boven ieder van dezelve gedrukt (the treatment of the matters included in the present letters stands above each of them as printed). That is, the summaries of Letters 53 to 60 preceded each letter.

Neither summaries in the Table of Contents nor the summaries at the beginning of the letters were translated in Alle de Brieven / Collected Letters.


Summary: 76 figures in 8 of the 8 letters

date written addressed to AB/CL # AvL # # of figures
1687-04-04 Members of the Royal Society 98 53 5
1687-05-09 Members of the Royal Society 99 54 7
1687-06-13 Members of the Royal Society 100 55 28
1687-07-11 Members of the Royal Society 101 56 2
1687-08-06 Members of the Royal Society 102 57 10
1687-09-09 Members of the Royal Society 103 58 8
1687-10-17 Members of the Royal Society 104 59 11
1687-11-28 Members of the Royal Society 105 60 5