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  • Victorian Microscope Slide –  Lapis Lazuli – From Persia by Edmund Wheeler – London c1870

    Victorian Microscope Slide – Lapis Lazuli – From Persia by Edmund Wheeler – London c1870

    Edmund Wheeler was a leading Victorian microscope slide preparer now highly collectable. He was a professional mounter from the 1860’s operating out of 48 Tollington Road, Holloway, London. He sold his business to Watson & Sons in 1884 and died the following year. He gained awards for his work in England and overseas at Philadelphia and Paris. All of Wheeler’s slides must be over 130 years old.

    This is a fine and beautiful example of Persian Lapis Lazuli cut micro-thin with strong contrasting colouring and clarity. Backed with Wheeler yellow paper and with his distinctive monogrammed cover paper and typical oval title labels, annotated in Wheeler’s distinctive tidy cursive hand.

    Packed like treasure … a light item despite that so postage will be reduced to actual on final billing.

    A lovely example and a fine Wheeler slide – c1870

    $60.00

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  • The Maps and Prints of Paolo Forlani  –  Woodward – A Newberry Library Production 1990

    The Maps and Prints of Paolo Forlani – Woodward – A Newberry Library Production 1990

    A special item, a descriptive bibliography of the maps and prints of 16th Century Venetian, Paolo Forlani.

    Published as Occasional Publication No 4 of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Geography – The Newberry Library, Chicago 1990.

    Small quarto scale, perfect bound, 60 pages, clay coloured soft covers. Very good condition.

    The compiler, David Woodward a legendary American cartographic expert.

    The work starts with careful explanations in the Preface and Acknowledgements, then a list of Abbreviations and Explanations before a list of the Illustrations. Followed by 21 full page plates of examples .. some very special, given the unique nature of the items and, their lack of general publication … the globe just beautiful.

    Followed by a full bibliographic description of the known works. Rounded off with a section of references, index of persons identified and connected, and a geographical index for those geographically challenged.

    Special work on Paolo Forlani, one of the premier and most decorative 16thC cartographers

    $30.00

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  • Les Volcans et les Tremblements de Terre – Arnold Boscowitz – First Edition 1866

    Les Volcans et les Tremblements de Terre – Arnold Boscowitz – First Edition 1866

    First edition published by Paul Ducrocq, Paris in 1866.

    Royal octavo (266mm x 175mm), 602 pages with 16 striking lithographs by Eugene Ciceri, toned with fiery highlights, and a further 40 wood engravings in the text. Publishers original red morocco backed pebble grain cloth covered boards with bevelled design. Spin gilt in compartments, raised bands, all page edges richly gilt, textured end papers. Some obvious marks to boards and closed crack on spine some patchy internal foxing, overall a good copy of a desirable book. Heavy book (1.6kg), may require an overseas postage supplement.

    Volcanologist / seismologist Boscovitz produced what is an important 19th Century survey of volcanoes and earthquakes. The impressive vies include … Vesuvius, Orizaba, Mount Etna, Cotopaxi, Kilauea Fire Lake, Stromboli, Popocatepetl, El Jorullo, geysers in Iceland, Hot Springs in New Zealand etc.

    Mid 19thC Volcano and Earthquake Classic with Striking Images.

    $240.00

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  • Antique French Field or Students Microscope c1900

    Antique French Field or Students Microscope c1900

    A late Victorian perhaps Edwardian student’s drum microscope. In good working condition. Original wooden case. This variety would have been used by naturalist’s in the field and is likely French by manufacture.

    Spare brass objective missing tiny lens. Primary objective, shown fitted, complete and in excellent condition. Overall, good optics, retains all the original lacquer, swivel mirror in very good condition. Original brass tweezers and a sample French slide of a fossil. Mahogany fitted case in fine condition.

    Practical antique scientific instrument

    $240.00

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  • Lectures on The Blood and on The Changes which It Undergoes During Disease – Magendie

    Lectures on The Blood and on The Changes which It Undergoes During Disease – Magendie

    First published in English by Haswell, New Orleans in 1839. This edition for the Classics of Medicine Library published by Gryphon in 1996.

    Large octavo, 276 pages, printed by Quebecor Kingsport from film of the original courtesy of the Library of the College of Physicians, Philadelphia. Paper specially made for this edition by Glatfelter. Bound in full leather by the printers. Deluxe endpapers specially commissioned from Richard J Wolfe. All edges gilt, cover design in gilt by Daniel Bianchi and Selma Ordewer

    Francois Magendie (1783-1855) was a physiologist and a forerunner of experimental physiology. He conducted dissections on live animals for which he was criticised by many, including later Darwin and Huxley.

    Magendie unorthodox but effective experimental physiologist – his thinking and lectures on blood disorders before their time.

    $60.00

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  • Rare Cased Free-Standing Gould Type Microscope – Likely Dollond of London, circa 1840.

    Rare Cased Free-Standing Gould Type Microscope – Likely Dollond of London, circa 1840.

    Most Gould style microscopes screw directly into the case on assembly. This example has its own folding stand and working rack and pinion focus.

    We can find two examples in the collection of the Royal Microscopical Society, London collection. They appear on pages 83 and 84 of the standard reference. First one c1845 by Duncan of Aberdeen, which with its mahogany box is very similar to our example excepting the foot which is a four-limb folding foot. The second example by Dollond has the three-limb folding foot and the clamp ring for holding slide firmly, the arm between the pillar and the body tube is different, regarding that ours is more like the Aberdeen example.

    Whilst the microscope is a offered as a collection item for display it still works and is usable, there are limitations.

    There are six objectives, only two, a low and medium/high power, contain operative lenses; they work well. The objectives screw into the bottom of the body tube and in turn screw into the arm. All threads are fine. The eye piece screws into the body tube, not a push fit, another sign of quality.

    All other parts assemble well with no wobble. The rack and pinion flows evenly from top to bottom. The mirror has a blemish but still provides enough light. There is a live cell in good condition. A tiny threaded brass canister contains tiny round cover slips used with the old slides, an absolute rarity.

    There are five bone slides 84mm of which only three retain any sign of contents; they are numbered. The mahogany box is a nice one, plush lined in burgundy, polished flame veneered. Original lock but missing key. Fitted cabinet work showing age with some chips and minor losses, still protects the parts well. The bottom drawer is aged with some loss near the lock in the floor but again a rarity.

    Second Quarter 19th Century Gould Style Microscope. Scarce a special collector’s item.

    $440.00

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