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  • How to Work with the Microscope – Beale – 1868

    How to Work with the Microscope – Beale – 1868

    Dr Lionel Beale was a Fellow of the Royal Society and for a number of years operated the Pathological Laboratory in Carey Street, London.

    Published by Harrison in the Pall Mall, London in 1868 a fourth enhanced edition. A substantial book of nearly 400 pages. Complete and expertly re-cased in red cloth binding so very solid. A very good work on the subject. Over 400 illustrations

    Original owner being John Owen Evans of Belfast (Port Fairy), Victoria. He has helpfully pasted into the endpapers a note on “How to Clean Diatoms” which is also included in another volume from his library … he like Diatoms (and so do we – see our prepared slide collection)

    This is a very comprehensive book … if you would like a note on its considerable contents or you would like more images … send us a request … we will be happy to oblige.

    Beale with lots of details and images on all things microscopical

    $130.00

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  • The Microscope and Its Revelations – William Carpenter – 1875

    The Microscope and Its Revelations – William Carpenter – 1875

    William Carpenter was a Fellow of the Royal Society and Registrar to the University of London.

    Published by Churchill, London in 1875. A thick book of over 800 pages including index. Complete, re-cased expertly so very solid for a book often broken. An important work on the subject.

    This is the fifth edition of his hefty book on the microscope with two thirds of the book being taken up with the preparation and observation of a wide range of microscopical subjects.

    Nicely illustrated with twenty-five plates and over four hundred wood engravings

    Carpenter was exceedingly comprehensive

    $140.00

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  • Collectable Marine Microscope Slides – From the 1860’s – Prepared by Edmund Wheeler – From a 19th Century Australian Collectionn

    Collectable Marine Microscope Slides – From the 1860’s – Prepared by Edmund Wheeler – From a 19th Century Australian Collectionn

    Edmund Wheeler was a leading mid Victorian microscope slide preparer now highly collectable – one of this group is dated 1866 and the others of identical preparation must be from around that time. Ernest Wheeler sold his business to Watson & Sons in 1884 and died the following year. So all EW slides must be over 130 years old

    This group of five slides are in good condition and carry Wheeler’s distinctive yellow paper covering with burgundy and gold paper front cover with his “EW” monogram. Their condition is near perfect. They are from the collection of John Owen Evans a serious microscopist who lived in Port Fairy, Victoria and prepared slides of local subjects as well as purchasing top class London prepared slides through T Gaunt, Optician, who operated out of the Royal Arcade Melbourne.

    The samples comprise:

    Shells etc. from Chalk, Strood Hill Kent.
    North Atlantic Soundings from 2 Miles deep 1866
    Foramenifera from the Adriatic Sea
    Foramenifera from the River Suir (Ireland)
    Group of Heliopelta for Binocular

    All annotated in Wheelers tidy cursive hand and carry the circular Wheeler address label – 48 Tollington Road, Holloway, London

    Click on the image to see them all!

    A very good Ernest Wheeler Group from an early Australian Collection

    $140.00

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  • Rev J.E. Tenison-Woods Copy  – Papers and Proceedings of the  Royal Society of Tasmania – 1887

    Rev J.E. Tenison-Woods Copy – Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania – 1887

    This is Tennison-Woods copy with his bold signature at the rear of the front board … a superb provenance.

    Printed at “The Mercury” Office Hobart in 1888. Bound in original salmon pink boards, 289 pages plus 43 lithographic plates mainly of botanical items at the rear. Other folding plates and tables some of significant interest. The fish fossil, image shown is too big for our A3 scanner as is the map and other folding charts.

    Many papers demonstrating the broad range of intellect in Tasmania at that time. Much on fish and the introduction of salmon by Saville-Kent. New botanical discoveries … a short paper on the Comets of 1880 and 1887 with a useful chart … a surprising paper on the orbit of Alpha Centauri. Topographically Colonel Legge’s paper on the Highlands of Lake St Clair is of a high standard and the lengthy review of the Tertiary Rock of Australia by the esteemed R.M. Johnston must have attracted Tenison-Wood attention. Tenison-Woods published his geological work on the Northern Territory in 1888 and died the following year.

    The volumes are complete and tightly bound any browning or marks can be well excused given the provenance involved

    Significant Scientific Contents – Distinguished Ownership _ Bold Tenison-Woods Signature.

    $140.00

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  • Tasmanian Crania – Dioptrographic Tracings in Four Normae of Fifty-Two Tasmanian Crania – Berry and Robertson -1909

    Tasmanian Crania – Dioptrographic Tracings in Four Normae of Fifty-Two Tasmanian Crania – Berry and Robertson -1909

    The Transactions of the Royal Society of Victoria printed by Kemp, published in Melbourne, 1909. Large quatro size card cover as original one inch thick, images printed on heavy high gloss paper. Weight 2.4 kgs.

    Richard Berry was Professor of Anatomy at the University of Melbourne and Robertson was a Research scholar working with him at that time.

    A superb Atlas recording the Crania of fifty-two Tasmanian aboriginals. At the time many were in private hands and the reviewers were motivated to make this record in case they were lost to the world forever … in fact one was before the work had gone to print. A monumental effort well presented, and one that received adulation from reviewers in reputable journals such as Nature, the Lancet and the British Medical Journal… who unanimously expressed “the keenest satisfaction at this material being collected and made available before it is too late”.

    Named crania include Augustus, Truganina, Caroline and Cobia. Dr E.L. Crowther of Hobart is recorded as having possession of 12 of the 52 crania. It is suggested that a phrenologist had previously owned two skulls because of the phrenological descriptions attached to them

    Fundamental Report of a high standard

    Because of the weight an Overseas freight supplement will be required … please enquire

    $140.00

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  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 182 – 1891

    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 182 – 1891

    An 1891 compilation of philosophical transactions of the Royal Society, volume 182. Contained herein a marvelous collection of articles which explore a wide variety of subject matter.

    Here collected are articles concerning; The Patterns in Thumb and Finger Marks by Francis Galton; Observations on the Anatomy and Development of Apteryx by T. Jeffery; On the Course of the Fibres of the Cingulum and the Poster Parts of the Corpus Callosum and Fornix in the Marmoset Monkey by Charles E. Beevor; On the Changes produced in the Circulation and Respiration by Increase of the Intra-Cranial Pressure or Tension by Walter Spencer; On the Organisation of the Fossil Plants of the Coal-Measures by William Crawford Williamson; On the Mammalian Nervous System, its Functions, and their Localisation determined by an Electrical Method by Francis Gotch; Some Points in the Structure and Development of Dentine by J. Howard Mummery; Contributions to the Study of the Connection between Chemical Constitution and Physiological Action by T. Lauder Brunton, and; Contributions to the Chemical Bacteriology of Sewage.

    Each article is accompanied by relevant diagrams and illustration of scientific findings, and the compilation itself is completed by marvelous photographs, illustrations and prints regarding the various articles; from cell cultures to anatomical photographs and cross-sections.

    A marvelous collection of historic works and findings.

    Please note, this item weighs 2.5kg.

    $240.00

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