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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 £13.00


A compilation of readings from ‘Scientific America’ that relate to Immunology. 1976. A mine of information about this important topic. Paper backed with 269 pages. Many  illustrations and a full index.

Price £10.00

Insects Part 11

Written by David Sharp and dated from 1901, this is an encyclopedic volume dealing with insect structure. Hard backed and with 624 pages this book is in good condition for its age.

Price £14.00

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

Outlines of Zoology

A definitive catalogue of zoology as understood in 1906. Written by J A Thompson. Hardbacked with 856 pages and many excellent illustrative drawings. In very good condition for its age.

Price £16.00

Freshwater Microscopy

This is a really comprehensive book dealing with all aspects of freshwater microscopy. Written by W J Garnett and dated 1953, it is hard backed with 299 pages together with an index. The general condition is good and there are many illustrations and plates. Recommended.


Clinical Pathology

A definitive account of the pathology of disease from 1951. This covers laboratory testing procedures and their significance in diagnosis. Written by two eminent pathologists of their day, May and Marrack. Hard backed with 512 pages.

Price £13.00

Lowsons Botany

14th revised edition by simon, dormer and hatshorne 1968 hardback with 679 pages. Contains a good chapter on the basic problems of ecological observation and experiment. Many references to economic problems such as food supplies, the production of herbicides and the purification of drinking water.

Price £11.00

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.

Price £14.00

Ponds and Rock Pools

In a time gone by, ponds and rock pools were the equivalent of social media for youngsters who could be seen with their nets and microscopes amazed at what they could find. Written by Henry Scherren in 1906 and hard backed with 208 pages including an index. There are many drawings of the creatures to be found. A collectors item.


Handbook of Basic Microtechnique

The technology around making slide preparations was established in Victorian times and has not changed or been improved since that time. Books like this are just not published these days. This is a true mine of information for those interested in microscope specimen preparation including the use of a microtome. Written by Peter Gray, it is hard backed with 141 pages and an index. Thoroughly recommended


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 £13.00

The Seashore

A book from a bygone age of Grammar Schools. The Hull Grammar School had its student book prizes bound its own style with coat of arms. This book was presented for good work in 1911 and is a book written to encourage the observation of the nature of life on the sea shore. 8 colour plates (expensive in those days) and over 300 other illustrations. A collector’s piece and also a mine of information about the seashore

Price £22.00

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

The Polarising Microscope

This is a book from a time when microscope manufacturers (Vickers in this case) took a responsibility to provide text in support of their equipment. This is the best publication that I have seen relating to polarising microscopes. Written b y A F Hallimond it covers the theory together with the practical aspects of ground rock sections. Hard backed with 301 pages and in excellent condition.


The Biology of the Algae

Written by F E Round and published by Edward Arnold in 1970. This hard backed edition provides all there is to know about freshwater and marine algae. 269 pages with an index.


Practical Microscopy

One of the ‘Blackies Technique’ series dated 1931. Written by Martin and Johnson this is a hard backed pocket book with 116 pages with many illustrations. A treatise on the theory and application of the use of microscopes that is still very relevant today.


The Microscope

Probably the definitive book on the microscope. Written by Conrad Beck and published by  R & J Beck in 1923. This is a hard backed second edition with 134 pages. In good condition.



The Microscope Part 11

Published by R & J Beck (the microscope people) this is the advanced support book for their microscopes. Beck being of course one of the historical British microscope manufacturers. Written by Conrad Beck  (now C.B.E.)  This takes the understanding of light microscopy into the realms of mathematics and back.. Hard backed  with 231 pages.


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

How to use the Microscope

This is an excellent book written for the beginner who wants to know in simple terms how to use the microscope that they have with advice on how to prepare specimens. Hard backed 1954. Includes 15 plates and 13 drawings


Animal Life in Freshwater

This book covers all life forms encountered in freshwater including those that need a microscope for viewing. Written by Helen Mellanby in 1963 it remains as relevant  today as then. Published by Methuen & Co Ltd, it is hard backed with 307 pages and countless illustrations.


The Invertebrata

Published in 1963 this is a substantial hard backed book with over 400 pages and devoted to the classification of the invertebrates. Many illustrations and a reference book for this group



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Practical Microscopy

As the name suggests this book is all about how to do things - both using the microscope correctly and the much needed practical tips on how to make specimen preparations. Written by C L Duddington and published by Pitman, many diagrams and illustrations. Hard backed with 230 pages and index.


Invertebrate Fossils

This is a substantial and very specialised book and will remain the definitive work in this area. Compiled in 1952 it covers the entirety of invertebrate fossil identification. Hard backed with many unique illustrations and over 500 pages. Lead author Moore.


The Microtomists Vade-Mecum

As the name suggests this has been the histologists work bench bible for the best part of a century. Written by Arthur Bolles Lee (original edition dated 1885). This is a modern reprint which is still very relevant today. Hard backed with 424 pages



Another of those classic microscopy books written a long time ago (1920) but still as relevant today as then. Written by E J Spitta this covers the theory and practice of the optical microscope. Hard backed with 537 pages with many black and white images. The cover shows its age at the corners which have been reinforced.


The Microscope and How to use it

An excellent book covering how to use a microscope and how to make specimens for it. Written by Dr G Stehli and published by Oak Tree Press. Hard backed with 156 pages and an index

Price £8.00

Elementary Microtechnique

This in a mine of information for those who enjoy or need to make slide preparations from a very wide range of specimen types. Written by H A Peacock, this is a second edition dating from 1945. The methodology described is all based on an understanding of the principles involved.


Notes on Microscopical Technique for Zoologists

This is a hard backed book written about the techniques used by research students in Zoology at the University of Cambridge. Edited by C.F.A. Pantin. Hard backed.

Price £8.00

Collecting Microscopes

A must for antique microscope collectors or for those with a fascination with the microscopes that saw the microscopic world around us for the first time. Based on microscopes that have been sold by the auction house Christie’s. Hard backed with many excellent quality coloured photographs.  Compiled by Gerard L’E Turner


Microscopical Papers from the Quekett

A collection of 35 completed volumes of the Quekett Club Journal. Edited by Brian Bracegirdle. Exceptional information and detailed practical instruction on most aspects of the light microscope. Produce in 1989.