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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the microscopes manufactured by Nippon Kogaku K.K., later Nikon Corporation, from the mid 1920s to the mid 1970s, and the correspondent various array of accessories. Most microscopes from this period have no model designation. The aim of this book is to identify all microscope models from this period and show them in great detail. The book also include the numerous accessories for these microscopes. Besides many tables with serial numbers and partly production data, the images show many details and differences even within the same models.

The following microscope types are catagorized: Upright, Inverted, Polarization, Stereo, as well as special models such as the Multiphot. The book also contains the extensive range of accessories including – among others – objectives, eyepieces, lighting devices and devices for various contrast methods and is supplemented by models of the Microflex units and microscope cameras (until the mid 1970s).

The book has the same size (21.5×29.5cm) as the „Nikon 100 Anniversary“ book. It includes 870 – partly full page – high quality images in color and 50 reproductions from brochures as well as numerous tables with detailed information of each item, on 388 pages, all in English.

On the occasion of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Nikon Cooperation in 2017 Uli Koch, one of the most prominent Nikon collectors, has just completed the book “Nikon – 100 Anniversary”. This shows Nikon items over a period of 100 years by the slogan „the image is the information“.

Beside many cameras, lenses and matching accessories this book contains binoculars, microscopes, industrial lenses and other technical instruments over a period from 1917 till 2016.

The hardcover book show many never seen details on 416 pages, has a size of 30x21cm and about 2,200 pictures, all printed in color. The “Nikon – 100 Anniversary” book was presented at the WestLicht Auction on 18th November 2016 in Vienna.

In 2017 a Chinese version of this „Nikon – 100 Anniversary“ book was published.

About The Author

Uli Koch has more than 40 years of experience and love of Nikon, and has been a serious collector of Nikon equipment for many decades. He has recently written a 3-volume book, the comprehensive Nikon F Trilogy. In 2016 his deep-seated knowledge, plus the added input of other word-wide collectors finally lead into the book about 100 years (1917 – 2016) of Nikon products which he compiled as seen from the eyes of an avid collector. In 2020 he added the book „Nikon Microscopes – The first 50 years“ with with many previously unknown details about Nikon microscopes from the mid 1920s to the mid 1970s.

If you have any additional information about items shown or not shown in the books, please contact Uli Koch.

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Because of the effect of the Corona pandemic, DHL is sending the parcels to Non-EU countries by seamail, which takes about 30 days. Please contact me if you like to receive a book in about 15 days for the special rate of the DHL „Premium“ service.

Feedback „Nikon Microscopes – The first 50 years“

Uli's delightful new book is a time travel into micro-optical-tool galaxy. Adorable density of details is supported by high quality photographs, that honor every piece of Japanese optical mastership. Journey starts with very early pieces, many unknown treasures and every pages brings tremendous joy to exploration of this fine chapter in Nikon history. For vintage Nikon microscope users and lovers is this book a true source of fundamental and voluminous information.

Martin Moravcik

Martin Moravcik

Another great source of inspiration from that Nikon specialist ... ULI !!! I was already fan of Nikon Microscopes , now ... i want them all. Keep the good job !

Thierry Ravassod

Thierry Ravassod

Thanks very much for the book. It’s a masterpiece! Nikon made a superb job of designing those beautiful instruments and you have done a similar excellent job of recording them. Well done!

John M.

John M.

Another stunning publication by Uli Koch! His latest book, "Nikon Microscopes - The First 50 Years" encompasses Uli's superb knowledge on this subject, and is written in his usual entertaining manner. His pictures are of the highest quality!

Mike Symons

Mike Symons

Uli has, once again, prepared a magnificent treatise on Nippon Kogaku, and the company’s evolution of its optical prowess. In Microscopes, The First 50 Years, he delivers the same intellectual depth and production value in this 388 page book as he has with his previous publications. His superb photographs illustrate in detail the evolution of Nikon’s contribution to unveiling what the eye cannot see.

Bill Kraus

Bill Kraus

Uli-san’s book sheds light into those “black” Nikon microscopes of that era. Who thought it would be so difficult just to classify them! I am sure the book will become the basis for Nikon microscope enthusiasts abroad.. It’s a win-win for all enthusiasts, not only collectors.

Azuma Kosai

Azuma Kosai

Wow what a superb book! I never thought I would see so much detailed information about the Nikon microscopes. I am sure that I speak for other NHS members when I heartily thank you for undertaking the research and sharing the results with us.

Alan Blake

Alan Blake

This book is more familiar with Nikon than any of the current Nikon employees. In particular, the 16-page description of Multiphot was a masterpiece.

Kenji O.

Kenji O.

Feedback „Nikon – 100 Anniversary“

"Uli, without doubt it is the most impressive Nikon book available. Your achievement will be appreciated forever.”

Takayuki K.

Takayuki K.

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"Super Cover, super Druckqualität, super Zusammenstellung und Layout. Ein echtes Schätzchen für den Sammler bzw. Nikon-Fan."

Stefan S.

Stefan S.

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"Only one word, Uli … Magnificent !!!"

William K.

William K.

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"Words can’t describe how thrilled I am with your great book! WOW! What a work of art! Beautifully compiled, laid out and well written! It is a masterpiece!”

Mike S.

Mike S.

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"FANTASTIC. I knew it would be great, but it is beyond expectations. C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S“

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