A Collection of Mycology Microscope Slides

Many signed "M. C. Cook"

Second half of the 19th century

“Rust, Smut, Mildew, & Mould”

Mycology Microscope Slides

 

Mycology Microscope Slides

 

Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
(1825-1914)

This is a collection consisting of 132 mycology slides in 11 trays. Each slide is made of metal covered with black paper having a brass cell and cover. Within the cells are specimens of fungi attached to the original substrates. The specimens are mounted on a blue-colored wax. Many of the slides are signed “M. C. Cook”. Others are not signed, but most of the labels appear to be in the same hand. Each slide has a large round label with the name of the specimen and sometimes the name of the substrate that became infected or the location where the object was collected. In addition, there is a small round label on each slide containing a code, the meaning of which is lost. It is assumed that the “M. C. Cook” found on some of the slides stands for Mordecai Cubitt Cooke, the renowned botanist, mycologist, publisher, and author; look here and here. He was also a founder of the Quekett Microscopical Club in 1865; look here. It is curious that the “e” missing from “Cook” in the signatures on these slides. Are the signatures an indication that Cooke made the slides or do they indicate that Cooke only furnished the specimens? Another possibility is that the Cooke signatures are just an indication that the specimens were described in some of the published works of Mordecai Cubitt Cooke.

 

Some examples under the microscope

Mordecai Cubitt Cooke microscope slides Mordecai Cubitt Cooke microscope slides

 

Mordecai Cubitt Cooke microscope slides Mordecai Cubitt Cooke microscope slides

 

Mordecai Cubitt Cooke microscope slides Mordecai Cubitt Cooke microscope slides

 

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