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Published Album of Photographs (Albumen Prints, Photomicrographs) of Diatoms, by John Redmayne, Bolton, c.1878

Inventory Number: 13014
Object Type:
Persons: John Thomas Redmayne
Date Created:
Accession Number: 1978-665
Brief Description: John Redmayne, Micro-Photographs from the Diatomaceae (Bolton, privately published, undated). Bound in dark blue-green cloth. Flyleaf + printed introduction leaf + blank leaf + 65 heavy paper leaves each with a mounted photograph + flyleaf. Thus contains only 1 page of introductory text, and 65 photographs (albumen prints) of diatoms, each captioned by a printed label on the mount. The photographs are mostly brown with pale yellow backgrounds, and some are lilac colour; they are all just under 5 x 4 inches.

John Redmayne was elected to the Royal Microscopical Society in 1877, but recorded in their membership list as dead in October 1880. He lived at Bolton and was a surgeon, being a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The diatoms photographed were mostly from J. D. Möller's Typen-Platte, a prepared collection of specimens mounted on microscope slides. Redmayne's volume was presumably acquired by the society at the time it was issued, and a manuscript description of the diatoms depicted, by E. W. Burgess, dated 1882, was also formerly in the RMS library.

For fuller descriptive and historical commentary see narratives.
Primary Inscriptions: Title on front cover: 'Micro-Photographs | from the | Diatomaceae | by | J. Redmayne.'.
Provenance: Purchased from the Royal Microscopical Society in 1970. Part of the RMS library.
Collection Group: Royal Microscopical Society Library
Material(s): Paper
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
211 175 35 mm