London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
Box of microscope slides
by John Benjamin Dancer (1812-1887) and others
a collection of 136 microscope slides of a variety of subjects (including black rhinocerous horn), arranged in a box containing twelve trays of 12 cells for slides (8 empty), the slides carrying various labels: T. Mc.Gann (6); [Arthur] Cole (2); Watson & Son (10); A.C. Tipple (1); Stanley (3); N.B.S. (3); Russell (1); C.B. (1); J[ohn] B[enjamin] Dancer (1); [Richard Suter] 1; Bourgone (1); F.M.S (33), many dated to 1876, and (72) unsigned mostly attributable to F.M.S. Further to this (1) Stanley also carries a label for Amos Topping preparer; (2) Watson and Sons carry preparer's labels for Norman and (1) F.M.S carries a preparer's label for Norman. [including:]
5 microphotographs; The Lord's Prayer with label of Watson & Sons; The Ten Commandments Illuminated with label of Watson & Sons; Napoleon crossing Alps with manuscript label F.M.S; Sir Walter Scott's Monument with the unsigned green trade label of Richard Suter; ROUND TOWER AND SCRIPTURE CROSS, CLONMACNOISE, IRELAND 242 J.B.D.
7¾ x 8¼ x 3¼in. (20 x 21 x 8.5cm.)
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Bracegirdle, B. & McCormick, J.B. The Microscopic Photographs of J.B. Dancer (Chicago: 1993), nos. 14, 26, 31, 47, 242.
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