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A volume from  Peterson Field Guide written by Boughton Cobb and providing the definitive guide to the ferns of  Northeastern and Central American ferns. 281 pages with many illustrations and diagrams.

Price £6.00

Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society

The standards laid down by the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) are responsible for many of the standards in microscopy to this day - including the size of microscope slides (3x1 inches)

This is a bound copy of the Journal of the RMS from 1902 - edited by Hebb. There are 780 pages with an index and the papers include many excellent drawings of the time and surprisingly a plate of black and white photographs which would have been very expensive at that time. Extremely good condition.

Price £45.00

The Sea Shore

If you are interested in the sea shore its all in this book. It covers the larger animals as well as the small that need a microscope. Dated from 1903 it is in good condition for its age. 486 pages and hard backed. There are some colour plates which is relatively rare at that time.

Price £10.00

The Microscopic Photographs of J B Dancer

John Benjamin Dancer was an optician who lived most of his life in Manchester. He was the inventor of microphotography. The Dancer microscopic photographs averaged 1/8” inch in diameter and were produced as a scientific novelty to be viewed through a microscope. This excellently presented book brings together for the first time a nearly complete representation of the Dancer 1873 collection with biographical information on each microscopic photograph. Written by Brian Bracegirdle and James McCormick. Hard backed with 280 pages and a hard backed sleeve. Condition excellent

Price £40.00

Handbook of Photomicrography

Although this book was written in 1913 by Hind and Randles many of the principles of taking photographs down a microscope still apply today.  There are many excellent illustrative examples such as the whole flea shown. Hard backed with 292 pages and an index. Excellent condition for its age.

Price £15.00

Animal Biology

Written by Grove and Neville in 1971, this is a definitive book covering the animal kingdom from microscopic life to insects to mammals. A well crafted and very informative volume. Hard backed with 910 pages and an index. Very many illustrations and diagrams. Very good condition.

Price £18.00

Quekett Journals Index

A Quekett Microscopical Club publication compiled by M J Newstead in 1994. It is the cumulative index to the Quekett Journals of Microscopy Volumes 1 to 36 covering 1868 to 1992. Hard backed covering 243 pages. Excellent condition.


Mushrooms and Toadstools

From the Collins New Naturalist Series this is a description of the mushrooms and toadstools found in the UK. Written by J Ramsbottom and reprinted here in 1977. Hard backed with original dust cover. 306 pages with numerous black and white photographs. Very good condition.

Price £6.00

Structural Botany - Flowering Plants

An introduction to structural botany - part 1 - Flowering Plants. Written by Scott and Brooks and published by A & C Black in 1927. Numerous drawings. Hard backed with 308 pages. Good condition for its age.

Price £12.00

Cooke Microscope Manual

This is a manual from a bygone age of  UK microscope production. Published by Cooke Troughton and Simms it covers both compound and stereomicroscopes and measuring with a microscope - a mine of information. Card backed with 78 pages. Good condition.

Price £15.00

The Seeing Eye

Not specifically about microscopy but more fundamentally than that this book is about the eye and how we see things. Fascinating read. Written by H Asher and hard backed with 271 pages, good condition.

Price £ 8.00

God Bless the Microscope

Written by Gerard L’E Turner (a prolific microscopy book writer) this is a complete history of the Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) over 150 years. Hard backed with 166 pages and some excellent photographs down the ages. Excellent condition.

Price £10.00

Insects, Ticks, Mites and Venomous Animals

This is simply a magnificent book for the subject matter and has an expanded relationship chart as can be seen in the photograph. This is not for the faint hearted and contains due space for some of the worlds ‘nasties’. This is actually a compendium of a series of university lectures. Dates (but is not ‘dated’) from 1929. Written by Patton and Evans and is hard backed with 786 pages and an index. Pull out chart,

Price £20

A Guide to Human Parasitology

Published in 1961 this covers the whole area of human parasites and remains very relevant to this day. Hard backed, written by Blacklock and Southwell and published by H K Lewis & Co London. This was written as a guide for medical practitioners and its 223 pages contain many drawings and photographs including two full colour plates. Original dust cover and in good condition.


Modern Microscopy

That is always a dangerous title for a book as events will overtake it and ‘modern’ then dates. However this book is still very relevant covers the full scope of these instrument from standard compound microscope to electron and even ‘flying-spot’ microscopes (if you are wondering these use a narrow bean of usually ultraviolet light through the eyepiece and focused in the object plane!). Hard backed with 156 pages

Price £10.00


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Life in Lakes and Rivers

This book is part of the Collins Naturalist Series. Written by Macan and Worthington it covers all aspects of life in lakes and rivers, part of which of course is microscopic, but it also covers water quality and environmental issues. Numerous plates, photographs and text figures. Hard backed with 320 pages an an index. Original dust cover.

Price £10.00

Molds Yeasts and Actinomycetes

Written as a definitive reference book for students of bacteriology, this book covers all aspects of ‘fungi’ including structure, uses, diseases, food and antibiotics Written in 1945, hard backed with 409 pages including an index. Condition good.


Chemical Analysis of Foods

This interesting book deals with the analysis of all types of foods and contains a very informative section on the microscopy of starch in many different foods and how it appears differently under the microscope. Written by H E Cox, it is hard backed with 323 pages and an index. Good condition.


Elements of Optical Mineralogy

Two volumes that between them align mathematics and microscopy. These books are for the serious mineralogist rather than those with a passing interest. Written by Alexander Winchell, both are hard backed with index . Volume 1 deals with principles and methods - 261 pages and Volume 2 the identification of specific minerals via optical formulation


The Technique of Photomicrography

Although this book was written in 1960, the principles that it describes are just as relevant for today - the rules of optical physics haven’t changed. Written by Douglas Lawson it has many illustrations as would be expected. Hard backed with 256 pages with index. Interestingly there is a letter written in 2008 from someone who knew the author.

Price £10.00

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