Otto Bachmann

by Brian Stevenson
last updated July, 2018

Little is known about Bachmann’s life, but he is included in this series because of a valuable reference book on microscopy that he published in 1883, Unsere Modernen Mikroskope. Notably, Bachmann’s book included dozens of illustrations of commercially-available microscopes of that year. These were primarily of German make. Images extracted from this insightful collection are shown below.

Bachmannn worked as a science teacher in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria. He was established there before 1876, and was still there in 1905. He was described in 1881 as a “tüchtige Microscopiker und Malacozoolog” (“a capable microscopist and malacozoologist” - malacozoology is the study of molluscs). Entries in The Naturalists’ Universal Directory indicate that he was also interested in lepidoptera and coleoptera. His 1883 entry reads, “Bachmann, Otto, Konigl. Reallehrer, Laboratorium für Mikroskopie, Landsberg am Lech (Bavaria). Con. C. Ex. Wishes to receive shells of any kind in ex. for any Microscopic preparations”.


Figure 1. Title page of Bachmann’s “Unsere Modernen Mikroskope”.

 

Figure 2 (following). Images of microscopes included in “Unsere Modernen Mikroskope”. The pictures are not to scale.













Figure 2 (above). Images of microscopes included in “Unsere Modernen Mikroskope”. The pictures are not to scale.

 


Figure 3. 1876 advertisement from Otto Bachmann.

 

Resources

Augsburger Abendzeitung (1876) Advertisement from Otto Bachmann, Number 247, page 8

Bachmann, Otto (1883) Unsere Modernen Mikroskope, R. Oldenbourg, Munich

Jahrbücher der Deutsche Malakozoologische Gesellschaft (1881) Vol. 8, page 115

The Naturalist's Universal Directory (1894) page 88, S.E. Cassino, Boston

The Naturalist's Universal Directory (1904) page 84, S.E. Cassino, Boston

The Scientist's International Directory (1883) page 91, S.E. Cassino, Boston

The Scientist's International Directory (1896) page 49, S.E. Cassino, Boston