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  • Unusual Microscope Slide – Foraminifera from East Pacific

    Unusual Microscope Slide – Foraminifera from East Pacific

    A modern equivalent of the HMS Dart slide from scientific research conducted in the Eastern Pacific. Multiple location grid style slide and a note of the number and position of samples on the Ocean floor with a record of depth surveyed and summary of findings. Excellent condition.

    Unusual example significant number of forams.

    $60.00

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  • Rare Historical Microscope Slide HMS Dart Survey – Australian Waters 1897

    Rare Historical Microscope Slide HMS Dart Survey – Australian Waters 1897

    HMS Dart was actively involved in Hydrographic and Scientific Surveys in the Australian waters in the later stages of the 19th century. This unique slide of Foraminifera collected at 38 degrees South 149 degrees East (South of Tamboon) in Eastern Victoria to the East end of the Bass Strait. Comprising a numbered grid of 24 positions with forams glued down (some have come loose over the years).

    Unique scientific record from Australia 1897

    $150.00

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  • Amsler Polar Planimeter 1920’s

    Amsler Polar Planimeter 1920’s

    Plush-lined fitted case some 12” long contains a polar planimeter manufactured (and marked) by its inventor and manufacturer, Jacob Amsler of Switzerland – where the instrument was made. It is in very good condition and working order.

    The planimeter is an instrument for determining the area of an irregular shape.

    The device was sold in the United Kingdom by J. Halden & Co. of London and Manchester and this firm’s label is fixed in the lid of the case.

    $140.00

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  • The Life and Work of Sir William Bragg – Sir Kerr Grant Professor of Physics, Adelaide University

    The Life and Work of Sir William Bragg – Sir Kerr Grant Professor of Physics, Adelaide University

    The John Murtagh Macrossan Memorial Lecture for 1950 published by the University of Queensland in 1952. A First edition in decorated paper covers. Scarce 46 pages with frontispiece. Gift inscription to South Australian legal mind and bibliophile Duncan-Hughes who was finishing his Masters at Trinity College Cambridge in 1909 when William Lawrence Bragg arrived to commence his fruitful time there.

    Rare Bragg item delivered by distinguished physicist

    $60.00

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  • Museum Quality Fossil Bowfin Fish from the Messel Pits, Germany

    Museum Quality Fossil Bowfin Fish from the Messel Pits, Germany

    Very nice large extinct form of Bowfin Fish, Cyclurus kehreri. From the Middle Eocene (Geisealtalain) period – 47 Million Years Old.

    These fossils are found within the bituminous oil shales that occur near the village of Messel, Darmstadt, Germany. The fossils are removed from the shale using a technique called reverse transfer preparation, where the fossil is mounted onto a resin plate and the destructive oils shale is then removed leaving the fossil on the resin plate. This is the only way for them to be preserved and the method is used by leading authorities.

    Size of fish 26cm by 7cm, overall mount 36cm by 15cm.

    The Fish has a number of living relatives such as the mudfish, mud pike, dogfish, griddle etc. and is also related to the gars.

    An extremely rare and sought after fossil

    $290.00

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  • Almanack for 1757 – Merlinus Anglicus Junior Or, The Starry Messenger By Henry Colley

    Almanack for 1757 – Merlinus Anglicus Junior Or, The Starry Messenger By Henry Colley

    Rare Almanack for 1757. Complete with 46 pages stitched as issued.

    Self-described “Student in the Mathematicks and Celestial Science” Coley produced this successful Almanack printed by R Reily for the Company of Stationers

    Contains a Perpetual table of day break and twilight in London; Tide tables and Terms; Monthly Almanack of Saints Days, Position and Aspects of the Moon and astronomical Observations; A Chronology from the Conqueror and the position of the Pleiades; A table of the Houses according to the doctrine of Ptolemy; A narrative on the Phaenomena and Theory of the Tides with references to Newton; Scheme of the grand Radix of the Year’s Revolution, or Sol’s Ingress into Aries, 1757; a narrative on each of the quarters and a note on expected Eclipses.

    Aged and dog eared with reference label fixed to front but complete very scarce and very curious

    Scarce early Almanack complete and curious

    $90.00

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