GOSSE, Philip Henry (1810 - 1888)
Evening at the microscope ; or, researches among the minuter organs and forms of animal life
London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, . Octavo, bright gilt-illustrated cloth with binder’s ticket of Westley’s of London, slight rubbing to edges and fading to spine, bookplate for Edward Burton to pastedown, pp. xii; 510, illustrated with numerous text diagrams.
‘Philip Henry Gosse FRS, known to his friends as Henry, was an English naturalist and populariser of natural science, virtually the inventor of the seawater aquarium, and a painstaking innovator in the study of marine biology. Gosse created and stocked the first public aquarium at the London Zoo in 1853, and coined the term “aquarium” when he published the first manual, The Aquarium: An Unveiling of the Wonders of the Deep Sea, in 1854. His work was the catalyst for an aquarium craze in early Victorian England.’ –