by David B. Richman,
Mesilla Park,
New Mexico, USA


I found Mike Samworth’s list of the books in his microscopy library very useful and have added several titles from it to my own growing library. Here I am presenting my own library list, which is more North American fauna oriented, but also contains the books that I have found useful from the earlier list. It obviously shows my very broad interests. (I should be more specialized!) However, I hope it is of similar use to amateur microscopists as Samworth’s list has been to me. Books also appearing on Mike Samworth’s list are marked with an *.


Barnes, R. D. 1987. Invertebrate Zoology., 5th ed. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA.

Boyer, C. S. 1973 (reprint of 1916 ed.). The Diatomaceae of Philadelphia and Vicinity. Henry Trip, Lafargeville, NY.

Buchsbaum, R., M. Buchsbaum, J. Pearse and V. Pearse. 1987. Animals Without Backbones. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

Brook, A. J. 1981. The Biology of Desmids. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

*Canter-Lund, H. & Lund, J., 1995. Freshwater Algae: their Microscopic World Explored. Biopress, Bristol.

Christensen, C. M. 1965. The Molds and Man, 3rd ed. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN.

*Clegg, J. 1998. Observers' Guide to Pond Life. Penguin, London

Cooke, M. C. 1902. Microscopic Fungi: Rust, Smut, Mildew and Mould. 4th ed. W. H. Allen & Co., London.

*Corliss, J. O. 1979. The Ciliated Protozoa: Characterization, Classification and Guide to the Literature. 2nd Edition. Pergamon, Oxford, England.

Cox, E. J. 1996. Identification of Freshwater Diatoms from Living Material. Chapman & Hall, London.

Curtis, H. 1968. The Marvelous Animals: An Introduction to the Protozoa. Natural History Press, New York.

Czarnecki, D. B., and D. W. Blinn. 1978. Diatoms of the Colorado River in Grand canyon National Park and Vicinity. J. Cramer, Germany.

*Dobell, C., 1958. Antony van Leeuwenhoek and his Little Animals. Russell & Russell, New York.

*Donner, J, Rotifers. 1966. Warne, London.

Dyer, B. D. 2003. A Field guide to Bacteria. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.

Farb, P. 1959. Living Earth. Harper & Row, New York.

Farmer, J. N. 1980. The Protozoa: Introduction to Protozology. C. V. Mosby, St. Louis, MO.

*Ford, B.J., Single Lens: The story of the simple microscope. Harper and Row 1985.

*Gosse P. H., 1901. Evenings at the Microscope. P. F. Collier & Son, New York.

Gravé, E. V. 1984. Discover the Invisible. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

*Griffith J. W. and A. Henfrey. 1883.The Micrographic Dictionary 4th Edition Vol 1 & 2 John Van Voorst, London.

Hart, T. 2004. Microterrors: The Complete Guide to Bacterial, Viral and Fungal Infections that Threaten Our Health. Axis Pub. London.

Hitchcock, R. 1881. Synopsis of the Fresh-Water Rhizopods. Hitchcock, New York.

*Hogg, J., 1911. The Microscope: Its History, Construction and Applications.15th Edition, Routledge, London.

Hudler, G. W. 1998. Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.

Hyman, L. H. 1940 and 1951. The Invertebrates. Vol. I. Protozoa through Ctenophora, Vol. II. Platyhelminthes and Rhynchocoela, Vol. III. Acanthocephala, Aschelminthes and Entoprocta. McGraw Hill, New York.

*Jahn, T.L., E. C. Bovee, and F. F. Jahn. 1979. How to Know the Protozoa. 2nd Edition,Wm C. Brown, Dubuque, Iowa.

Kendrick, B. 2000. The Fifth Kingdom. Focus Pub., Newburyport, MA.

Kudo, R. R. 1966. Protozology, 5th ed. Charles Thomas, Springfield, IL.

Large, E. C. 1962 (reprint of 1940 edition). Advance of the Fungi. Dover, New York.

La Rivers, I. 1978. Algae of the Western Great Basin. University of Nevada Desert Research Institute.

Leidy, J. 1879. Freshwater Rhizopods of North America. United States Geological Survey.Volume 12.

*Margulis, L., H. I. McKhann and L. Olendzenski. 1993. Illustrated Glossary of Protoctista. Jones and Bartlett, Boston.

Margulis, L., and D. Sagan. 1997. Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from our Microbial Ancestors. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Margulis, L., and K. V. Schwartz. 1998. Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth, 3rd ed. W. H. Freeman, New York.

 *Miall L. C. 1895. The Natural History of Aquatic Insects MacMillan & Co., London.

Money, N. P. 2002. Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds and Mycologists. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England.

*Nachtigall, W., Exploring with the Microscope. Sterling, New York. 1995.

Needham, J. G., and P. R. Needham. 1962. A Guide to the Study of Fresh-Water Biology. Holden-Day, San Francisco, CA.

Page, F. C. 1976. An Illustrated Key to Freshwater and Soil Amoebae. Freshwater Biological Association Scientific Publication No. 34, England.

Patrick, R., and C. W. Rreimer. 1966. The Diatoms of the United States, Exclusive of Alaska and Hawaii. Vol. I. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, PA.

*Patterson, D. J. 1998. Free-Living Freshwater Protozoa: A Colour Guide. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Pennnak, R. W. 1978. Fresh-Water Invertebrates of the United States, 2nd ed. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Postgate, J. 1992. Microbes and Man. 3rd ed. Cambridge University Press, England.

Prescott, G. W. 1970. How to Know the Freshwater Algae, 3rd ed. Wm. C. Brown, Dubuque, IA.

Pritchard, A. 1845 (probably a reprint of the 1842 edition). A History of the Infusoria, Living and Fossil.Whittaker & Co., London.

Purvis, W. 2000. Lichens. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC.

Schaller, F. 1968. Soil Animals. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI.

Stali, G. 1970. The Microscope and How to Use it. Dover, New York.

Stephenson, S. L., and H. Stempen. 1994. Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds. Timber Press, Portland OR.

Thorp, J. H., and A. P. Covich (eds.). 2001. Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates, 2nd ed. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Tudge, C. 2000. The Variety of Life: A Survey and a Celebration of All the Creatures that Have Ever Lived. Oxford University Press, Oxford, England.

Vinyard, W. C. 1979. Diatoms of North America. Mad River Press, Eureka, CA.

Ward, H. B., and G. C. Whipple. 1918 (1945 reprint). Fresh-Water Biology. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Wehr, J. D., and R. G. Sheath. 2003. Freshwater Algae of North America: Ecology and Classification. Academic Press, Amsterdam.

Werner, D. 1977. The Biology of Diatoms. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Whipple, G. C. (revised by G. M. Fair and M. C. Whipple) 1927. Microscopy of Drinking Water. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Zimmer, C. 2000. Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature’s Most Dangerous Creatures. Simon & Shuster, New York.