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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 Part11

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

Berges Complete Natural History

This is an antique book dating from 1890 that describes the ‘natural world’ as known at that time. What is exceptional about this book are the illustrations. There are 16 coloured plates that in themselves are worthy of display. In addition there are approximately 300 other smaller black and white illustrations .


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

Microscope Technique

This is a comprehensive handbook for general and applied microscopy. This is a Rutherford Laboratories publication written by W. Burrells. Hard backed with 574 pages with index. This book covers the full range of microscopy including microscopes themselves and specimen preparation. A book for those already experienced in microscopy but who want to go further.


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

Guide to Ponds and Streams

An ideal book for those interested in the microscopy of freshwater. Written by John Clegg with a foreword by David Bellamy . 121 pages with over 100 photographs both in colour and black and white.


A Popular Handbook to the Microscope

A fine hard backed book dated 1985 by Lewes Wright. An excellent book covering the myriad of specimens in natural life suitable for microscopic examination. Many illustrations.


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

A Field Guide to Insects

A well-used but essential field book that covers the anatomy, morphology and ecology of insects. 316 pages with over colour illustrations. The field guide bible for insect identification.

Price £4.00

Seashores and Shallow Seas of Britain and Europe

An excellent field book for the identification of species. Written by AC Campbell. This guide has over 800 species illustrated in colour. 320 pages. Well used.

Price £4.00

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 Great Age of the Microscope

For those who like the history of microscopes when brass ruled the world - this is a must. Hard backed and written by E. Turner this is a walk through the collection of microscopes of the Royal Microscopical Society through the last 150 years. Some excellent photographs and examples of microscopes that just can’t be found anywhere.


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.

Price £12.00

Journal of the RMS

This is a hard backed copy of the proceedings of The Royal Microscopical Society for 1902. Established in 1839 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1866 the RMS is responsible for the microscopy standards of today which includes the standard size microscope slide of 3 x 1 inches. This is a hard backed compilation of its publications in 1902.


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

Price £8.00

A Treatise on the British Freshwater Algae

Written by West and Fritsch this is a definitive publication listing and describing the algae to be found in British waters. Hard backed with many illustrations and over 300 pages. This is a revised edition dating from 1927


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.

Price £12.00

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

Price £12.00

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.