Aquarium microscopique. Flore et faune de nos eaux. Recherches microscopiques faites et autographées par Théodore Delachaux fils.
Item ID 72821
Interlaken, privately published, 1891. 8vo (23.8 x 14.8 cm). Title page; 75 engraved plates. Contemporary quarter cloth over plain boards. Original pictorial wrapper mounted. A peculiar case of juvenile zoology and hydrobiology by the Swiss naturalist, ethnographer, archaeologist, professor of arts and museum director, Théodore Delachaux (1879-1949). He might be the youngest publishing scientist ever. “At the age of nine, Theodore received his first microscope, a little Zeiss; he liked to remind himself: ‘I was better equipped than Uncle Paul [Godet (i.e. the malacologist and curator at the natural history museum of Neuchatel)]’; also, during the summer holidays, the latter often used it. Later, uncle and nephew roamed the pastures, probing small lakes and pools looking for some element new of a still little-known fauna. He was ten years old when his father reproduced his son’s drawings in two small volumes in octavo: Aquarium microscopique. Flore et faune de nos eaux. Recherches microscopiques faites et autographées par Théodore Delachaux fils . [Interlaken, 1889 (Bear)]. The work was published in two parts. This is the second. Both are very rare. Some very light shelf wear and marginal toning, but in fact near mint. J. G. Bear, Théodore Delachaux : 21 mai 1879 - 24 avril. Avec 6 planches hors texte [Obituary] in: Bulletin de la Société Neuchâteloise des Sciences Naturelles vol. 73. Not in Nissen ZBI. Written by perhaps the youngest natural history writer ever