Reeve's "telescopes and microscopes had a worldwide reputation for accuracy. Hooke worked with him in a technical advisory capacity". Richard Reeve, or Reeves, of Long Acre, was the foremost fashioner of optical instruments between 1641 and 1679, and "perspective-glass maker to the King".
He was James Gregory's optician. In August 1664 Pepys purchased a microscope from him, "the best he knows in England, and he makes the best in the world." 5 pounds 10 shillings is "a great price," but Reeve throws in a Scotoscope, "and a curious curiosity it is to [see] objects in a dark room with."
Reeve's son, also an instrument maker was Richard Reeve jnr. (fl. 1680).
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- (Companion entry and Glossary, plus the "Shorter Pepys.")
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