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Microscopes: Trade Catalogs

An introduction to researching the history of optical microscopes at the Rakow Research Library. More information can be found by searching our online catalog or by contacting a reference librarian through our Ask a Librarian service

Trade Catalogs: Selected Catalogs Relating to Microscopes Shown in the Exhibition

Chevallier, J.-G.-A. (Jean-Gabriel-Augustin), 1778-1848. Le conservateur de la vue. 3me. ed., considérablement augm. Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1815. 20, 682, lxxvii, xx, 5 p., [xvii] plates.  Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Description of anatomy and maladies of the eye as well as the causes of defective vision. Also describes various kinds of eyeglasses, telescopes, binoculars, and microscopes. There is also an account of Benjamin Franklin's bifocal. A catalogue of optical, mathematical, and physical instruments manufactured by the Chevallier firm is included at the end. Plates were originally published following p. 384, but are now bound in at the end of the volume. BIB97518. Digital book: Chevallier https://books.google.com/books?id=kv1YAAAAYAAJ

   Location: Secured Stacks - Rare Books QP475 .C52 1815 * / Location: Microforms   F-1269 

Chevallier, J.-G.-A. (Jean-Gabriel-Augustin), 1778-1848. Le conservateur de la vue: suivi du catalogue général et prix courant des instrumes d'optique, de mathématiques et de physique, de la fabrique et du magasin de l'auteur. Paris: Chez l'Auteur, 1810. viii, 163, xlvii p., a-g folded plates. Notes: "Catalogue général des instrumens d'optique, de mathématiques et de physique qui se fabriquent et se vendent chez Chevallier": xlvii p. at end. Contains author's signature. Errata slip inserted at the end. Description of anatomy and maladies of the eye as well as the causes of defective vision. Also describes various kinds of eyeglasses, telescopes, binoculars, and microscopes. There is also an account of Benjamin Franklin's bifocal. A catalogue of optical, mathematical, and physical instruments manufactured by the Chevallier firm is included at the end. Also issued online. BIB95618. Digital book: Chevallier https://books.google.com/books?id=ghs5AAAAMAAJ

   Location: Secured Stacks - Rare Books QP475 .C52 1810 * / Location: Microforms   F-647

B. Kahn & Son, New York, NY, USA. Illustrated and descriptive catalogue and price list of optical and meteorological instruments: including experimental electrical and philosophical apparatus. B. Kahn & Son. 5th ed. New York: B. Kahn & Son, ca.1890. 112 pages.  Notes: Includes optical instruments such as magnifying, reading and picture glasses,  microscopes, telescopes, opera and field glasses, mirrors, and prisms. Also meteorological instruments such as barometers, thermometers, hour glasses, miners' safety lamps and water gauges; and electrical apparatus including "Hall's new patent battery," and more. Digital: http://exhibitdb.cmog.org/opacimages/PDFs/TC/Rakow_1000002431.pdf

   Location: Secured Stacks - Trade Catalogs - Kahn, B., & Son 89397

E. Palmer (Firm), London, England. Palmer's new catalogue, with three hundred engravings of apparatus, illustrative of chemistry, pneumatics, frictional & voltaic electricity, electro magnetism, optics, &c. &c, manufactured and sold by him. London, England: E. Palmer, [1840] (London: W. Gilbert). 64 pages.  Notes: Includes interesting items demonstrating electrical charges using frictional electricity (pages 29-39): "Fig. 137, Electrical swing for showing the repulsion of bodies similarly electrified ; and Fig. 153, Luminous words in frame, on coloured glass. Tantalus cup, Fig. 93, page 26. A partial listing of the table of contents includes barometers, chemical apparatus, compasses, drawing instruments, electrical apparatus, electro-magnetic apparatus and machines, galvanic batteries and apparatus, globes, hydrometers, hygrometers, microscopes, optical instruments, spectacles and reading glasses, telescopes, and thermometers.  Digital Trade Catalog: http://exhibitdb.cmog.org/opacimages/PDFs/TC/Rakow_1000085633.pdf

   Location: Secured Stacks - Trade Catalogs Palmer, E., (Firm) 113020

Zeiss, Carl. Microscopes and microscopical accessoires, Carl Zeiss Optische Werkstätte. [Catalog] no. 29. Jena: Zeiss Werkstätte, 1891. (Jena: Hermann Pohle).125 p.  Notes: F-8497L; Record Number:22794. Digital: http://exhibitdb.cmog.org/opacimages/PDFs/Books/Rakow_1000059952.pdf

   Location: Secured Stacks - Rare Books QH219 .Z47 1891 *

 

Displayed in the exhibition titled 'Revealing the Invisible: the History of Glass and the Microscope', held at the Rakow Research Library, April 23, 2016-March 19, 2017.

Solar Microscope. Ledermüller, Physicalische Beobachtungen derer Saamenthiergens