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‘A treatise on optics' by Giovanni Christoforo Bolantio

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Few accounts have survived detailing the techniques employed for the production of optical glass for astronomical and microscopical instruments during the seventeenth century in Italy; the period during which the art was being developed in the shops of Eustachio Divini and Giuseppe Campani, and other optical instrument-makers. Indeed, few of the tools of the lens-makers have been described in any detail, and few if any have survived. Consequently, the discovery of a hitherto apparently unknown Italian treatise, or what appears to have been notes for a shop manual of the period, is a contribution to present knowledge of lens-making technology even though the identity and region of the author remain unknown.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: 4303 47th Street N.W., Washington, DC, 20016, USA 2: 39 Womersley Road, London, N8 9AP, UK

Publication date: 01 March 1995

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