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  • Seven Professionally Prepared Antique Microscope Slides – Botanicals – by W. Watson

    Seven Professionally Prepared Antique Microscope Slides – Botanicals – by W. Watson

    A fine collection of antique ring mounted botanical specimens. Comprising …

    Leaf of Tea Tree
    Leaf of Aloe ferox
    Leaf of Laurel
    Leaf of Tobacco Plant
    Stem of Ribes
    Lime Tree section
    Lea bud of Ash

    Some super examples with very minimal specimen degradation as can be seen from the images.

    William Watson set up as an optician in 1837. He took up premises at 313 High Holborn, London in 1862. The business became W Watson & Sons from 1882. They took over the slide preparation business of Edmund Wheeler in 1884 and from them were to become one of the most successful preparers. These slides are circa 1900, though the Lime Tree is earlier and carries the distinctive Watson cursive style specimen label of the 1880’s.

    Note tray not included slides will be sent in protective special purpose containers.

    A good group of early quality mounts by Watson

    $140.00

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  • Gold Mining in Queensland – Two Original Magic Lantern Slides – 1890’s

    Gold Mining in Queensland – Two Original Magic Lantern Slides – 1890’s

    Two rare original magic lantern slide issued by George Washington Wilson (G.W.W.) in the late 1890’s.

    Note the items are sharper than the images … we have some refraction going on with our scanning technique we nee to sort out … if you are interested get in touch.

    Original 3.5 inch square, standard size, lantern slide. Original label from G.W.W.. Fine quality image – no damage except the odd ageing to the securing tape, easily replaced.

    GWW (George Washington Wilson) sent his top photographer, Fred Hardie, to Australia in the 1890’s to take images for their business in magic lantern slides. Hardie travelled from South Australia to Cairns, Queensland mainly by train but occasionally by horse and trap. Very active at the time. G.W.W. went out of business just before WWI, through competition and a waning in interest in the product. The slides produced are scarce. The bulk of the G.W.W. catalogue eventually ended up at Aberdeen University.

    The slides comprise:

    Alluvial Gold Diggings – Cradle at Work – Aberdeen Reference 30591 and, Gold Digging – The Whip – Aberdeen Reference 30595.

    Rare Images of Queensland Gold Mining Activity.

    $180.00

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  • Sikes’ Hydrometer  – Made by Hicks of Hatton Garden, London for Osborn & Jerdan, Sydney c1900

    Sikes’ Hydrometer – Made by Hicks of Hatton Garden, London for Osborn & Jerdan, Sydney c1900

    A lovely classic Sikes hydrometer in a near pristine fitted mahogany case (25cm x 12cm x 6cm), original plush lining, with original bone plate engraved “Sikes’ Hydrometer made by J.J. Hicks, London for Osborn & Jerden Ltd Sydney” and decorative bone inlay surround.

    The hydrometer float and all the weights carrying the same identification number (13573) – the float is engraved Sikes.

    The bone backed thermometer is intact, working and in incredibly good condition. It is engraved the same as the case plate.

    This is an upmarket version as there are also two boxwood rules for assisting in the calculations of proof etc. Both are marked with the makers name and address at 8,9 & 10 Hatton Garden, London.

    Everything is in super condition.

    There is a similar example at the Powerhouse, part of the Allan Bromley Collection.

    James Joseph Hicks (1837-1916) first traded at 8 Hatton Gardens in the 1870’s. He expanded into adjoining premises in the 1890’s, so we would date this instrument c1900. Hicks had been apprenticed to L.P. Casella, fine instrument makers, also in the Hatton Garden district, in 1852. By 1860 he had risen to foreman and from that date a number of patents are registered in his name. Once in business under his own name he developed and manufactured numerous instrument types particularly in meteorology and industrial control instruments, such as the Sikes.

    Osborn & Jerden were a highly successful Sydney outfit, the successors of Frost and Shipham. They were described as scientific opticians and electricians. They also sold upmarket scientific toys, magic lanterns and slides, photographic equipment, telephones, phonographs etc. They had the best Christmas window in Sydney. In 1907 C Byers Coates who worked for Osborn & Jerden was the cinematographer for “Robbery Under Arms” one of Australia’s earliest movies. The film was processed at their George Street facility.

    See our research for a brief explanation on the Sikes’ Hydrometer.

    Fine and complete Sikes’ Hydrometer with rules – Quality maker and special Sydney retailer.

    $320.00

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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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