reference books:

This selection of reference books covers various aspects of antique scientific instruments.  Most of the titles are out of print, but can usually be obtained through antique book dealers.

Many of these books are available at Avebury Books.  

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MICROSCOPES:

Bracegirdle, Bian, NOTES ON MODERN MICROSCOPE MANUFACTURERS
Quekett Microscopical Club, 1996
A thorough listing of microscope manufacturers of the past two centuries.  Comprehensive, with some records of dating by serial number. pp88

Malies, Harold, A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH MICROSCOPE, THE XIX CENTURY INSTRUMENT THE MICROSCOPE SERIES, VOLUME 11
Microscope Publications Ltd., Chicago, IL 1981
More than you may ever want to know about the development of English microscopes.  Pithy and thourough.  pp 98  

Nuttall, R. H., MICROSCOPES FROM THE FRANK COLLECTION 1800-1860
Frank, Jersey, Channel Islands 1979
A brief coverage of the Frank microscope collection, but also contains a good detailed introduction. pp 64

Padgitt, Donald L., A SHORT HISTORY OF THE EARLY AMERICAN MICROSCOPE  THE MICROSCOPE SERIES, VOLUME 12
Microscope Publications Ltd., Chicago, IL 1975
The best coverage on this difficult topic.  pp 148

Purtle, H.R. (editor) THE BILLINGS MICROSCOPE COLLECTION OF THE MEDICAL MUSEUM ARMED FORCES INSTITUTE
OF PATHOLOGY
Washington, DC: A.F.I.P., 2nd edition, 1974
Considered by some the "Bible" for microscope collectors, the book covers an extensive collection of microscopes
in the Biilings collections.  The plethora of small black & white photos and descriptive detail make it a handy book for identifying microscopes.  pp244

Turner, Gerard.L'E., COLLECTING MICROSCOPES
Christie's International Collectors Series
New York: Mayflower Books, 1981
A "must have" book for anyone beginning a microscope collection, this book presents a brief, but through history of the development of the microscope.  Quality photo illustrations.  pp 12 

Turner, Gerard.L'E., THE GREAT AGE OF THE MICROSCOPE: THE COLLECTION OF THE ROYAL MICROSCOPICAL SOCIETY THROUGH 150 YEARS
Bristo & New York: Adam Hilger, 1989
An extensive detailed coverage of an important microscope collection.  Good reference for identification and dating.  pp 379

SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS:

Bedini, Silvio A. EARLY AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR MAKERS
Landmark Enterprises, California, 1986
In depth coverage of a difficult topic.  Includes a helpful geographical listing of known early American makers.  pp 189

Clifton, Gloria, DIRECTORY OF BRITISH INSTRUMENT MAKERS 1550-1851
Zwemmer, London, 1995
A dry by very thorough compilation of the names and addresses of British instrument makers.  No photographs.  Most helpful for identification and dating. pp 331

Daumas, Maurice, SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS OF THE 17TH & 18TH CENTURIES AND THEIR MAKERS
Portman Books, London, 1972
Good presentation of the relationship between the advances of science and the corresponding development of instrument. pp361

Turner, Gerard.L'E., SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS 1500-1900, AN INTRODUCTION
University of California Press, 1998
Exactly what it says, a good "introduction" to this field. pp 144

Turner, Gerard.L'E., ELIZABETHAN INSTRUMENT MAKERS
Oxford University Press, 2000
An excellent ,  authoritative, and comprehensive account of the core of scientific instrument makers.  pp 305

TELESCOPES:

Cheetham, Reginald J., OLD TELESCOPES
A Samedie Book, 1997
A small booklet presenting a history of the mechanical development of the telescope. Helpful for an overview of the instrument.  pp 66

King, H. C., THE HISTORY OF THE TELESCOPE
Charles Griffin & Company, London 1955
A detailed account of the History of the telescope. pp 456

GLOBES:

A WORLD IN YOUR HANDS
Christie's, 1994
A full color book featuring globes and planetaria from the collection of Rudolf Schmidt.  An extensive display with good background information. pp
122

Dekker, Elly and van der Krogt, Peter,  GLOBES FROM THE WESTERN WORLD
Zwemmer, 1993
A comprehensive coverage of the history of globes. pp
183

ANTIQUE SLIDES:

Bracegirdle, Brian, MICROSCOPICAL MOUNTS AND MOUNTERS
Quekett Microscopical Club, 1998
The best -- and only -- coverage of this difficult topic.  A "must have" for slide collectors.  This book is responsible for adding order to a chaotic field.  pp 225

Bracegirdle, Brian & McCormick, James B., THE MICROSCOPE PHOTOGRAPHS OF J. B. DANCER
Science Heritage Limited, Chicago, 1993
A lavish and thorough presentation on the Dancer microphotograph slides. pp 280

OTHER INSTRUMENTS:

Goodison, Nicholas, ENGLISH BAROMETERS 1680-1860
Antique Collectors Club, 1977
A history of the development of the barometer with in depth coverage of important manufacturers.  pp
388

Webster, Roderick & Marjorie, WESTERN ASTROLABES
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, 1998
A history of the development of the astrolabe including an explanation by type.  pp
179