Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on scientific instruments and especially microscopes, and their uses, for sale at Horizon Books.
ANON, ; The Planisphere and How to Use it, with Full Instructions for its Mounting, Complete Construction as Celestial Chart, and Rules by which Arcs of Direction May be Measured off with Ease and Certainty. London, J. E. Catty, 1878, First edition, 8vo [24.5 x 16 cm]; 47 pp, plate, other illus, table, original cloth with gilt title lettering on front cover, joint and hinge with split but holding, old inkstamp on title page, contents very good.
The work is a manual for operating a Planisphere which makes a projection of the celestial sphere on a plane, and allows a tracking of the stars and planets, useful in astronomy and astrology.
US$40. bookID # 8378
BAKER, Henry; The Microscope Made Easy: The Nature Uses & Magnifying Powers of the best Kinds of Microscopes Described, Calculated & Explained. . ; An Account of Discoveries made by Microscopes. . . Great Variety of new Experiments & Observations. . .. London, R. Dodsley, 1744, third edition, with the additional plate of the solar microscope & further accounts of the Polyps, 8vo [20 x 13 cm]; [ii], xvi, 311, [xiii, index] pp, 15 copper engraved plates, all but two folding, one unnumbered, folding table of magnifying powers, index, contemporary full calf, gilt title lettering on chipped leather label, spine & corner wear, joints cracked but holding, interior is clean, unmarked and fine in good covers.
A classic and early work on microscopes, nice plates including several showing equipment and microscopes. The work is widely referred to in Clay & Court's book, History of the Microscope.
US$320. bookID # 13709
BAUSCH & LOMB, ; Microscopes & Accessories; Photomicrographic and Micro-Projection Apparatus Microtomes; Colorimeters, Optical Measuring Instruments and Refractometers. Rochester, New York, Bausch & Lomb Optical Co., [1929, , 8vo [24 x 17 cm]; xiii, 318 pp, errata sheet inserted loose [dated Mar. 7, 1930], colored frontis, colored illus, hundreds of illustrations & plates from photos and drawing, diagrams, index, original leatherette, title lettering on spine and cover, edges rubbed, interior is clean, fine and unmarked in very good covers.
Very well-illustrated, showing the various instruments in detail, a superb reference of the wide variety of products produced at that time.
US$45. bookID # 13713
BEALE, Lionel S.; The Microscope in Medicine. London; Philadelphia, J. and A. Churchill; Lindsay and Blakiston, 1878, fourth edition, much enlarged, very thick 8vo [23 x 15 x 6 cm]; xxxi, 539, [iv, ads] pp, 86 plates (complete) with over 500 illustrations, numerous illustrations of instruments and accessories, indexes, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, light wear at edges, name on title margin, some pages with light toning in margins, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good.
A very well illustrated and detailed work by this fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and professor of medicine at King's College, London. Most of the illustrations were drawn by the author. The first edition of 1854
US$70. bookID # 13648
BECK, Conrad; The Microscope, 2 volumes; I, a Simple Handbook; part II, an Advanced Handbook. London, R. & J. Beck, 1923; 1924, First edition of part II, second edition of part I, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, 144; 231 pp, over 300 illustrations, 170 in second volume, tables index in each volume, original cloth, title lettering on spines and covers, name on endpaper, very minor shelf wear, else a near fine set, clean throughout.
A superbly illustrated work on all aspects of microscopes, their operation, how they work, apparatus, accessories, their uses including special purposes, photometry. The illustrations are mostly of equipment, apparatii, different models of microscopes, etc.
US$50. bookID # 13717
BERRY, Arthur; A Short History of Astronomy; From Earliest Times Through the Nineteenth Century. New York, Dover Publications, , First Dover edition, 8vo [20.5 x 13.5 cm]; xxxi, 440, [xx, publisher's catalogue] pp, frontis, plates, portraits, illustrations from drwgs, bibliog, index, original printed heavy paper wraps, fine and clean copy.
This is Dover's reprint of the original work published by John Murray in 1898, unabridged and unaltered except for new portraits added.
US$2. bookID # 9444
BUCKLEY, Arabella B. [Mrs. Fisher]; Through Magic Glasses and Other Lectures. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1890, First American edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xiv, 234, [iv, ads] pp, 3 plates including two in color, each with tissue guard (one tissue with tear), 83 other illustrations, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, corners slightly rubbed but a fine, clean and unmarked copy.
A popular account of the telescope, microscope, spectroscope, photo camera, etc, nicely illustrated including of instruments.
US$45. bookID # 13711
CARPENTER, William B.; The Microscope and its Revelations. New York, William Wood & Company, 1883, sixth edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 2 volumes, xi, 388; iv, 354 pp, color lithographed (chromolithograph) frontis, 25 plates plus 502 illus including many of microscopes and related equipment, index, original red cloth, decorated in black, gilt spine title lettering, a short tear at joint is repaired, else a fine, clean, unmarked set.
The work was a standard reference and underwent many printings over the years. Very well-illustrated, this edition having been expanded with additional topics including the use of the microscope in geology and with additional illustrations, earlier editions having only ten plates and much fewer illustrations. Of particular interest are the many illustrations of microscopes and related equipment, accessories. This chapter has a appendix on Numerical Aperture and Angular Aperature. An excellent copy, this is considered the best illustrated edition.
US$110. bookID # 13708
CATT, David, Junr.; Scenes from the Microscope. London, Samuel E. Roberts, , , 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; xii,  - 80 pp, frontis of author at microscope, 19 other plates including one of microscopes, other of specimens, original red cloth with white decorations and lettering, spine lettering faded but still visible, decorative endpapers, very good copy, clean throughout.
The work includes good examples of items to see with a good optical microscope including insects, skin, blood, parasites, plants, spiders, bee, frog, etc.
US$10. bookID # 5360
CLARK, George L.; The Encyclopedia of Microscopy. New York, Reinhold Publishing Corporation, , First edition, large and thick 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; xiii, 693 pp, over 600 illustrations from photos and drwgs, charts, bibliog, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (bit chipped at spine head, lightly rubbed), fine and clean in good dj.
A superb reference of over 140 articles by some of the best experts in their fields, covering 26 kinds of microscopy including chemical, electron microscopy, field emission, fluorescence microscopy, interference microscopy, metallography, phase microscopy, stereoscopic, ultraviolet, x-ray microscopy, etc. Includes many illustrations of microscopes and equipment.
US$16. bookID # 9526
CLARKE, L. [Louisa] Lane; Objects of the Microscope; being a Popular Description of the Most Instructive and Beautiful Subjects for Exhibition. London, Groombridge and Sons, 1863, Second edition, 12mo [18.5 x 12.5 cm]; xv, 248, [viii, ads] pp, illustrated, with the half title page, index, original red blind-stamped cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, few light stains on cover, overall very good, interior is clean and near fine.
This second edition has additional chapters not present in the first including one on injected anatomical preparations.
US$60. bookID # 13710
ELLIS, John; An Essay towards a Natural History of the Corallines and other Marine Productions found on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland [with] The Natural History of many Curious & Uncommon Zoophytes, collected from various parts of the globe. London, printed for the author [&] Benjamin White and Son, 1755, 1786, First editions of each work, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 2 volumes, xvii, [x], 103 [i]; xii, 206 pp, 40 engraved plates, some folding, in volume I including frontis & plate of Cuff's aquatic microscope, 63 engraved plates in volume II (only 62 called for), some of the plates in vol I by Ehret, contemporary full calf, gilt decorated, gilt title lettering on leather spine labels, joints cracked but firm, few leaves in volume II with light stain, scattered minor spotting, good plate impressions, endpaper bookplate of Edward Henry Scott, very good.
The two volumes are in matching bindings with volume 1 and 2 on spine although issued separately, each complete. The second volume was edited by Daniel Solander after Ellis had died. The first volume also has the description of a large Marine Polye taken near the north pole by the whale fishers in the summer of 1753. For the first volume see Freeman 1131: 'plate 38 absent in many, plate 39 in most copies'. Both are present here, plate 39 being the microscope plate, being the earliest depiction of Cuff's aquatic microscope (see Clay & Court, History of the Microscope, p66-68). 'In 1754 he became a fellow of the Royal Society, and in the following year established his reputation as one of the most acute observers of his time by the publication of An Essay Towards a Natural History of the Corallines. . . . imperfectly comprehended by Linnaeus, he established the animal nature of this group of organisms'. Linnaeus described him as a 'bright star of natural history', and 'the main support of natural history in England'. Nissen 1281, 590. British Museum Cat. 523. Knight, Natural Science Books in English: 'Ellis's handsome volumes on corals and zoophytes'. Knight, Zoological Illustration p. 103: 'the classic work was done by John Ellis in his Essay towards a natural history of the Corallines, of 1755. . . he persuaded Ehret, the great botanical artist, to accompany him, there to draw from nature. . . The book duly contains delicate
US$3800. bookID # 11748
ELLIS, John; An Essay towards a Natural History of the Corallines and other Marine Productions found on the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland; to which is added The Description of a Large Marine Polype taken near the North Pole by Whale-fishers in 1753. London, printed for the author, 1755, 1786, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; xvii, [x], 103 [i]; xii, 206 pp, 40 engraved plates, some folding, including frontis & plate of Cuff's aquatic microscope, some of the plates are by Ehret, renowned botanical artist, contemporary full calf, gilt decorated spine, gilt title lettering on leather spine label, joints cracked and worn but holding, edgewear, small armorial bookplate on endpaper, light foxing, interior is clean and very good, no tears.
Freeman 1131: 'plate 38 absent in many, plate 39 in most copies'. Both are present here, plate 39 being the microscope plate, being the earliest depiction of Cuff's aquatic microscope (see Clay & Court, History of the Microscope, p66-68). 'In 1754 he became a fellow of the Royal Society, and in the following year established his reputation as one of the most acute observers of his time by the publication of An Essay Towards a Natural History of the Corallines. . . . imperfectly comprehended by Linnaeus, he established the animal nature of this group of organisms'. Linnaeus described him as a 'bright star of natural history', and 'the main support of natural history in England'. Nissen 590. British Museum Cat. 523. Knight, Natural Science Books in English: 'Ellis's handsome volume on corals and zoophytes'. Knight, Zoological Illustration p. 103: 'the classic work was done by John Ellis in his Essay towards a natural history of the Corallines, of 1755. . . he persuaded Ehret, the great botanical artist, to accompany him, there to draw from nature. . . The book duly contains delicate engravings from these drawings'.
US$2000. bookID # 13303
FORD, Brian J., with a foreword by Professor John Bunyan; The Revealing Lens; Mankind and the Microscope. London, Harrap, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 208 pp, numerous illustrations and plates, mostly from photos, some drawings, index, original cloth, silver title lettering on spine, dj (very light wear at edge, price clipped), fine and clean copy with very good jacket.
A very well-illustrated book on the history of the microscope and the implications for science and civilization.
US$5. bookID # 13660
GAGE, Simon Henry; The Microscope. Ithaca, New York, The Comstock Publishing Company, 1932, Ultra-violet edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; viii, 589 pp, about 300 detailed illustrations from drawings, photos, tables, title page vignette, bibliography, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine slightly faded but lettering clear, near fine and clean copy, presentation inscription signed by author on endpaper with loose card presentation also signed.
A detailed and very well-illustrated work covering all aspects of microscopes and their parts, including polarizing microscopes, micro-spectroscopes, drawing with the microscope, photographing, preserving specimens, etc, etc. This edition has a new chapter on ultra-violet radiation in microscopy.
US$80. bookID # 13676
GOSSE, Philip Henry; Evenings at the Microscope: or Researches Among the Minute Organs and Forms of Animal Life. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1860, First American edition, 20 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 480 pp, illustrations, index, original blind-stamped and pictorial cloth, gilt microscope on cover, gilt spine title lettering, cover rubbed, edgewear, light stain on some margins, no bookplates, names or marks, good.
Gosse was among the most distinguished naturalists in the nineteenth century and published numerous books, especially on marine biology, the sea shore, aquariums, and on his travels in Jamaica, Canada, Alabama, etc. Freeman 86: 'This was one of the most successful of Gosse's books and was a useful and accurate manual for the amateur microscopist. Most of the book is based on original observations and some of it was taken from his previously published papers in serials'.
US$32. bookID # 13653
GOSSE, Philip Henry; Tenby: A Sea-Side Holiday. London, John Van Voorst, 1856, First edition, 8vo [20 x 13 cm]; xviii, 400, [i], i], 8, [iv],16 [ads, some of author's other books] pp, 24 lithographed plates including 20 colored, frontis, original blind stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, endpaper signature, minor foxing on a few leaves, else a fine clean copy.
Gosse was the most important marine biologist of the nineteenth century, the father of sea-side studies and of the aquarium, and a true field naturalist. Some of the ads at the rear of the book are 'Practical Instructions of Tank Management and a list of descriptions, illustrations and prices of whatever relates to Aquaria' in keeping with the aquarium craze at the time which was in a large part encouraged by Gosse's book on aquariums and his others on marine biology. This book is based on a family holiday on the Welsh side of the Bristol Channel in 1854. Freeman & Wertheimer 67. Superb illustrations, many on microscopic life.
US$400. bookID # 12338
GREENISH, Henry George, Eugene Collin; An Anatomical Atlas of Vegetable Powders Designed as an Aid to the Microscopic Analysis of Powdered Foods and Drugs. London, J. & A. Churchill, 1904, First edition, 8vo [24.5 x 18.5 cm]; 287 pp, 138 illustrations on 128 plates (complete), index, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, title lettering on cover in gilt border, spine faded but lettering clear, corner bumped, interior is clean and fine in very good cover.
A very detailed work with numerous detailed illustrations covering all aspects including starches, flours, leaves, flowers, seeds, spices, fruits, woods, barks, roots, bulbs, corms, fungi, galls, spores, etc.
US$90. bookID # 13350
HALL, Charles A.; Plant Life. London, A. & C. Black, 1915, First edition, 8vo [23 x 17 cm]; xi, 380 pp, 50 color plates including frontis from paintings by C. F. Newall, 24 photo plates by author, 80 other illus, index, original pictorial cloth, title lettering, spine a little faded but lettering clear, small water mark on rear cover, bookplate on endpaper, very good clean copy, interior is clean and fine.
The author describes the full range of plant life, from the microscopic to the most specialized flowering plants, very well-illustrated. Inman 66. 3,000 copies were printed according to Inman.
US$30. bookID # 10982
LOCKYER, J. Norman; Studies in Spectrum Analysis. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1878, First edition, 8vo [19.5 x 13 cm]; xii, 258, [vi, ads] pp, 8 plates including frontis, colored, and folding colored, 2 being foldout, 51 other illus, index, original red cloth with decorations in black, gilt spine title lettering, spine lightly faded, bit rubbed at edges, very good copy, clean and solid.
A detailed work, published in the well-respected International Scientific Series, by this expert in the area, includes a chapter on spectrum photography, and has many good illustrations including of instruments.
US$40. bookID # 7342
MANTELL, Gideon Algernon; Thoughts on Animalcules; or, a Glimpse of the Invisible World revealed by the Microscope. London, John Murray, 1846, First edition, 12mo [19.5 x 15 cm]; xvi, 144, [iii, ads of author's other books], [viii, ads] pp, 12 handcolored lithographed plates, other illustrations from drawings, engraved title page vignette, index, with the half-title page, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine a little faded but lettering clear, spine end lightly frayed, endpaper a bit soiled, overall very good, plates excellent.
Nissen ZBI 2685. Freeman 2446: 'The 1850 re-issue was titled The Invisible World Revealed by The Microscope; or, Thoughts on Animalcules'. The author was a respected geologist and wrote this book when microscopes were becoming more common and the unknown world of hydra, cells, infusoria, polygastria, monads, vorticellina, rotifera, floscularia, stephanoceros, etc, became of great interest.
US$310. bookID # 12960
MICHEL, Henri; Scientific Instruments in Art and History. New York, The Viking Press, , First edition in English, translated from French by R. E. W. Maddison, F. R. Maddison, 4to [29 x 23 cm]; 208 pp, 103 color plates from photos, other illustrations from drwgs, bibliog, subject index, index of makers, designers, collectors, original cloth, dj (tears, chipped), a very good clean copy in good dj.
The author, one of the pioneers in the study of the history of scientific instruments, has described and illustrated some of the finest early instruments that exist, covering astronomical, navigational, mathematical, optical, chronometry, etc. Excellent photos with authoritative description.
US$30. bookID # 5792
PRITCHARD, Andrew; A History of Infusoria, Living and Fossil: arranged according to "Die Infusionsthierchen" of C. G. Ehrenberg; Containing Coloured Engravings, Illustrative of all the Genera & Descriptions of all the Species in that Work, with Several New Ones. London, Whittaker and Co., 1841, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; [i, ads for other books by author], x, [i, tipped in notice of author], 439, [i, ads for instruments including microscopes by Pritchard] pp, 12 hand colored engraved plates, each containing numerous figures, chart, index, original blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends worn, cover a little faded, very good+, clean and unmarked.
Includes general history of animalcules, description of infusoria arranged by family, with an appendix on infusoria of chalk formations. 'The first book to render accessible to inquirers respectable microscopic figures of numerous minute organisms with which many become familiar through the microscope.. .a valuable contribution to science, of great practical use. . .illustrations are beautifully engraved'. [The Canadian Journal of Industry, Science and Art, volume VII]. An interesting work in the history of science of these creatures, reflecting the state of understanding at the time, including the confusion of what is an animal or vegetable.
US$230. bookID # 12767
QUEKETT, John; A Practical Treatise on the Use of the Microscope, Including the Different Methods of Preparing and Examining Animal, Vegetable and Mineral Structures. London, H. Bailliere, Publisher, 1855, third edition, with additions, 8vo [22 14.5 cm]; xxii, [i], 556 pp, 11 plates including folding (short tear on one), frontis, 306 other illustrations including full-page, few colored, index, contemporary full prize calf, gilt spine title lettering, elaborate gilt design on spine, marbled endpapers & edges, light edge wear, spine end lightly chipped, small bookplate of Harry Thomas & inscription to him by headmaster, minor foxing, very good+.
This edition, with excellent illustrations of microscopes and accessories, has had about 100 pages added to first edition of 1848. Detailed descriptions of all aspects of microscope operation, as well as manipulation of subjects.
US$390. bookID # 13689
SLACK, Henry J.; Marvels of Pond-Life; or a Year's Microscopic Recreations among the Polyps, Infusoria, Rotifers, Water-bears and Polyzoa. London, Groombridge and Sons, 1861, First edition, 12mo [20 x 13.5 cm]; xix, 197 pp, complete with 7 lithographed plates, with tissue guard, frontis, other engraved illus, errata slip at page 158, index, original green blind-stamped cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, light wear at foot of spine, very good+, interior clean and unmarked.
Freeman 3431. Includes a chapter on microscopes and their management and month to month activities for investigating pond life.
US$60. bookID # 12623
SOMERVILLE, Mary; On Molecular and Microscopic Science [2 volume set]. London, John Murray, 1869, First edition, 8vo [19.5 x 13.5 cm]; 2 volumes complete, xii, 432; viii, 320, 32 [publisher's catalog dated Sept 1868] pp, 180 illustrations, and 12 tinted plates including frontis (with tissue guard) in each volume, detailed index, original blue pictorial gilt cloth, gilt picture on front covers in gilt border, gilt spine title lettering, covers lightly rubbed, lightly foxed on some leaves but a clean, unmarked very good+ set.
Freeman 3484, Freeman's copy only had 8 plates. A detailed and popular work covering microscopic analysis of vegetable and animal organisms as well as molecular topics.
US$225. bookID # 13715
STOKES, Dr. Alfred C.; Aquatic Microscopy for Beginners; or Common Objects from the Ponds and Ditches. New York, John Wiley & Sons, 1914, fourth edition, revised and enlarged, 8vo [20 x 13.5 cm]; ix, 324 pp, 198 illustrations, glossary, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine lightly faded but lettering clear, bookplate removed from endpaper, old blind-stamp on title is rubbed, interior is clean and unmarked, overall very good.
A well-illustrated work with detailed descriptions including suggestions on gathering, viewing, etc. Covers rhizopods, infusoria, hydra, aquatic worms, larva, rotifera, desmids, diatoms, algae, polyzoa, entomostraca, phyllopoda, water mites, water-bear, etc.
US$18. bookID # 13714
TAYLOR, J. E.; The Aquarium; Its Inhabitants, Structure, and Management. London, Hardwicke & Bogue, 1876, First edition, 8vo [19 x 12.5 cm]; xv, 316, [iv, ads] pp, 239 illustrations including full-page, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, with gilt picture of aquarium and fishes, gilt lettering, all edges gilted, covers rubbed, old bookseller's blindstamp on endpaper, very good, interior is clean and unmarked.
Freeman 3658. The author describes the history of the aquarium in detail, fresh-water and marine aquariums, their construction and use, the inhabitants of the aquariums including fish, reptiles, plants, insects, zoophytes, etc, the aquarium as a nursery for the microscope. Very well-illustrated. The illustrated ads at the rear are for the author's other books. At the time, this was the ultimate aquaria book, at the peak of the aquarium hobby in the nineteenth century.
US$125. bookID # 13658
TROREY, Lyle G., foreword by W. W. Williams; Handbook of Aerial Mapping and Photogrammetry. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1950, First edition, 8vo [25 x 16 cm]; xvi, 178 pp, 81 illustrations from photos and drawings including charts, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, previous owner's name on endpaper, else fine and clean in good dj (chipped at edges, price clipped).
A very detailed work with all the details needed to make accurate aerial photographs, with formulas, charts, equipment and detailed examples. The author had served in the last war with the Canadian Military Survey and developed his methods after the war where speed and accuracy were both essential. There are excellent photos in the book of the equipment used, and details on stereoscopy and photogrammetry.
US$20. bookID # 12740
UKERS, William H.; All About Coffee. New York, The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal Company, 1922, First edition, 4to [26.5 x 19.5 cm]; xxix, 796 pp, color frontis, color plates, folding map, hundreds of illustrations from photos, portraits, tables, charts, bibliog, index, original brown cloth, gilt decoration, gilt lettering, light cover wear, small stain on spine, very good, solid & clean copy.
The most detailed and authoritative work on coffee, including its history, its introduction into various countries, coffee houses, botany of coffee, microscopy, chemistry, pharmacology of coffee, commercial coffees, cultivation, production and consumption, characteristics, merchandising, coffee advertising, coffee trade, coffee persons, coffee in literature, coffee in fine arts, coffee apparatus, coffee manners and customs, preparation of beverages, chronology, etc. An excellent reference and the cornerstone of a collection on the subject.
US$230. bookID # 13448
UKERS, William H.; All About Coffee. New York, The Tea and Coffee Trade Journal Company, 1935, Second edition, 4to [26.5 x 19 cm]; xxix, 796 pp, color frontis, maps, hundreds of illustrations from photos, portraits, tables, charts, bibliog, index, original brown cloth, gilt decoration, gilt lettering, small ink spot on lower edge, but a clean bright and fine copy.
The most detailed and authoritative work on coffee, including its history, its introduction into various countries, coffee houses, botany of coffee, microscopy, chemistry, pharmacology of coffee, commercial coffees, cultivation, production and consumption, characteristics, merchandising, coffee advertising, coffee trade, coffee persons, coffee in literature, coffee in fine arts, coffee apparatus, coffee manners and customs, preparation of beverages, chronology, etc. An excellent reference.
US$250. bookID # 6752
VAN HEURCK, Henri; The Microscope: Its Construction and Management. Including Technique, Photo-Micrography, and the Past and Future of the Microscope. London, Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1893, First edition in English, 4to [29 x 21 cm; xv, 382 pp, engraved frontis of author, plate, about 250 superb illustrations, mostly of microscopes and related equipment, index`, original pictorial gilt cloth, with gilt picture of microscope on cover, gilt title lettering, top edge gilted, cover stained, light wear, internal hinge cracked & repaired, some leaves stained in margin including frontis, good reading copy.
Translated from the French by Wynne E. Baxter and augmented by the author. Notable for its fine illustrations of microscopes and related equipment including camera lucida, polarizing apparatus, spectroscope, etc, projection microscopes, as well as detailed explanations on their uses. A massive and large format work.
US$325. bookID # 13747
VOGEL, Dr. Hermann; The Chemistry of Light and Photography. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1875, First American edition, 12mo [19.5 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 288, [xii, ads] pp, 6 fine plates including frontis, 94 other illus, index, original red cloth, decorated in black, gilt spine title lettering, tear at joint, small hole in spine, very good clean copy.
An early work on the scientific basis of photography including applications such use with microscope, magic photography, heliographs, photo-lithography, printing, use in medical research, etc. With many illustrations of scientific equipment and apparatus. Several of the plates are actual photographs including Woodbury type, Talbot, etc and one showing the effect of retouching negative, a before and after photo.
US$70. bookID # 10470
WARD, Hon. Mrs. (Mary); The Microscope, or Descriptions of Various Objects of Especial Interest and Beauty; Adapted For Microscopic Observation; With Directions For the Collection and Mounting of Objects. London, Groombridge and Sons, 1869, third edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; vi, 154 pp, 8 fine colored plates, frontis with tissue guard, 25 other illustrations including of microscopes, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering, all edges gilted, spine a little faded but lettering clear, prize bookplate on blank endpaper, else clean and near fine.
An attractively illustrated and popular book.
US$75. bookID # 13719
WHIPPLE, George Chandler; The Microscopy of Drinking Water. New York, John Whiley & Sons, 1899, First edition, first thousand (first issue), 8vo[23 x 15 cm]; xii, 300 16 [publisher's catalog] pp, 19 plates, with facing description, each plate with many figures, numerous tables, bibliograph6y, glossary, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, small mark on spine, endpaper bookplate of Paul L. Bean, very good, interior clean.
The first issue of a pioneering work including limnology, geographical distribution of microscopic organisms, season distribution, odors, storage of water, growth of organisms in pipes, classifications, diatomaceae, schizomycetes, fungi, protoza, rotifera, crustacea, spongidae, etc. Includes appendices.
US$35. bookID # 13352
WOOD, Rev J. G., revised and rewritten by E. C. Bousfield; Common Objects of the Microscope. London, George Routledge & Sons, nd [c1889], , 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xii, 186 pp, 14 plates including 12 fine color plates, each plate with facing page of explanation, plus illustrations of scientific apparatus, index, original pictorial cloth with picture of microscope in blind, title lettering on spine a bit faded, very good overall, interior is clean and fine, unmarked.
Freeman 4094. McLean p 80: "The coloured plates are so delicate and bright that they seem to be hand-coloured, but the effect is achieved with fine cross-hatching and printing from six to twelve blocks." First printed in 1861 and became a popular and useful work, this edition has many illustrations not in the earlier edition but includes the fine and detailed color plates from the original. The title page states: "with additional illustrations by the reviser".
US$45. bookID # 13716
WRIGHT, Lewis; A Popular Handbook to the Microscope. London, The Religious Tract Society, 1895, First edition, 12mo [18.5 x 13.5 cm]; 256 pp, frontis, 1865 illustrations including full-page, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering on spine, picture of microscope on cover, lightly rubbed, very good, interior is unmarked and clean.
The author describes microscope optics, simple and compound microscopes, manipulation and operation, collecting specimens in ponds, insects, plants, vertebrate, etc. Many of the illustrations are of microscopes and accessories. The author was a cancer researcher.
US$25. bookID # 13651
WRIGHT, Lewis; The Microscope; A Practical Handbook. London, The Religious Tract Society, nd [c1927], , 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; 293 pp, color frontis, 195 illustrations including full-page, index, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine, edges rubbed, few pencilled notes in margins, very good.
Many of the illustrations are of microscopes and related equipment including 16 full-page, representing the state-of-the-art at the time, the models from various companies. This was the revised edition of the original 1922 edition, with revisions of sections on microscope stands and accessories. The author was a cancer researcher.
US$15. bookID # 5361
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