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Lorenzo Selva
1716-c. 1790
Lorenzo Selva

A Venetian optician, Lorenzo Selva collaborated for 33 years with his father Domenico (?-1758), continuing the business after the latter's death. He made several optical instruments, which, however, he signed with his father's name: "To show my ever-greater awareness and gratitude, every work of mine, every improvement and invention, will always be stamped, not with my name but with his beloved one." He described his father's work and the instruments produced in his optical laboratory in Esposizione delle comuni, e nuove spezie di Cannocchiali, Telescopj, Microscopj, ed altri Istrumenti Diottrici, Catottrici, e Catodiottrici Perfezionati ed inventati da Domenico Selva ottico [...] (Venice, 1761). Lorenzo is also the author of Sei dialoghi ottico teorico-pratici [Six theoretical-practical optical dialogues] (Venice, 1787).