Microscopic Investigation of the Tea Leaf

Lower Epidermis of Leaf Showing the Stomata and Chlorophyll Cells [Fig. 1]-
Microscopic Investigation of the Tea Leaf

Illustrated by T. Taylor
Printed by Sackett & Wilhelms Lith Co., New York
First Report of the Secretary of Agriculture- 1889
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1889
Gould Library Government Documents

The books on display here, all from the collections of Gould Library, reveal the beauty and order of hidden worlds. In these volumes, microscopic images are deployed for a variety of reasons: Sometimes their purpose is purely practical (to certify the purity of a sample of tea, or to facilitate the identification of diseased blood). In other cases, as in Felice Frankel’s close-up view of Velcro, their job is as much to inspire curiosity and wonder as it is to illustrate a scientific phenomena.

Human Spinal Cord of Embryo at Eight Months

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Human Spinal Cord of Embryo at Eight Months

Human Spinal Cord of Embryo Eight Months. Golgi Stain, Showing Cells with Branches

Moses Allen Starr
Atlas of Nerve Cells
New York: Columbia University Press by Macmillan, 1896
Gould Library Collections

“[A]ll such drawings are necessarily imperfect and involve a personal element of interpretation. It has seemed to me, therefore, that a series of photographs presenting the actual appearance of neurons under the microscope would be not only of interest but also of service to students.”

Designed for use by teachers and students, the often strikingly beautiful photographs in this book were made to accurately record the appearance of nerve cells as viewed under the microscope. The images reveal both the tree-like, branching structure and arrangement of the nerve fibers in the tissue.

1. From the preface, vi.

07 December 2010