McArthur’s CTS microscope PLUS McArthur’s signed reprint of his pre/post WWII article about Malaria in Borneo

McArthur’s CTS microscope PLUS McArthur’s signed reprint of his pre/post WWII article about Malaria in Borneo

Stock Number: FG_22025


The McArthur microscope is named after Scottish physician John Norrie McArthur, who invented and produced the prototype of his first folded-optics microscopes. He had discussed this microscope before the Quekett Microscopical Club in 1933 and continued to develop the idea of producing small and capable microscopes for the inspection of the malaria pathogen during his relocation to Borneo by the British government for malaria research. During WW II McArthur was captured by the Japanese in Borneo but allowed quite a bit of freedom, and thus had a chance to personally use his newly designed microscope. It was from this experience, using his own instrument that allowed McArthur at the end of the war to make some important functional changes to his folded-optics design. McArthur microscopes were subsequently made by Hearson, Watson, C.T.S., Prior, Kirk, McArthur himself, and Vickers.
Offered here is a good original McArthur microscope by CTS, together with an original reprint of 1947, hand signed by McArthur with dedication, of his study of Malaria in Borneo before and after WWII.


1947; 1950s



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Scientific, Medical Books, Diagnostics, Microscopy, Natural history, Veterinary


The microscope comes with three objectives: 10X, 40X and 100X oil. Condition is excellent both optically and mechanically. A fitting belt pouch for the microscope will be added to the package.

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references, and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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