Below is a list of the old aquatic books, magazines and catalogues that formed my collection. The whole collection is currently in the process of being sold. Many of the books and magazines have been sold but others remain available.
I find that the old books and magazines provide a wonderful insight into how the hobby developed. I find it amazing that fish keepers in the early days were able to successfully breed fish in small tanks without the assistance of filters, air-pumps, and the many other modern day gadgets that we have today.
Wood, Rev. J.G. Common Objects of the Sea Shore
1857 1st edition
Butler, H.D. The Family Aquarium
1858 1st edition
Rymer-Jones, Thomas The Aquarian Naturalist. A manual for the seaside.
1858 1st edition
Wood, Rev. J.G. The Fresh and Salt Water Aquarium
1868 1st edition
Taylor, J. E. The Aquarium: Its Inhabitants, Structure & Management.
1876 1st edition
Damon, William E. Ocean Wonders: A Companion for the Seaside
1879 1st edition
Samuel, MarkThe Amateur Aquarist
1894 1st edition
Hibberd, Shirley Rustic Adornments for Homes of Taste
Bateman, Rev G.C. Freshwater Aquaria: Their construction, Arrangement and Management
1902 2nd edition
Wolf, Herman T. Goldfish Breeds and other Aquarium Fishes
1908 1st edition
Boulenger, E. G. The Aquarium Book
1925 1st edition
Mellen, Ida The Young Folks Book of Fishes
1927 1st edition
Stoye, F.H. Tropical Fish for the Home: Their care and propagation
1932 1st edition
Coates, Christopher Tropical Fishes For A Private Aquarium
1933 1st edition
Beebe, William & Field Book of the Shore Fishes of Bermuda
John Tee-Van 1933 1st edition
Peters, C.H. Life and Love in the Aquarium
1934 1st edition signed by author and illustrator
Innes, William Exotic Aquarium Fishes
1935 1st edition
Mellen, Ida. 1001 Questions Answered about your Aquarium
1935 1st edition
Perkins, Edward H. Tropical Fish: Their Breeding and Care
1936 1st edition
Watson, E. Austin Fishponds and Home Aquariums
not stated - believed first edition
Rogers, Walter The Tropical Fish Hobby
1944 1st edition
Nachstedt, Julius & Breeding Aquarium Fishes
Hans Tusche 1961 first English translation (1954 in German)
Klee, Albert J. A History of the Aquarium Hobby in America
1987 Issue # 261 of 300 copies
My Catalog Collection
Iowa Bird Company (includes fish and aquariums) November 1905.
Walker's Bird, Fish & Dog Book (Walker's Bird & Toy Store, 109 Court Street, Binghampton, NY). No date, but believed to be prior to 1905. Only fish listed are Japanese Fantail, Japanese Fringetail, Common Goldfish, Comet, Telescope.
Aquarium Stock Company 40th Anniversary (catalog 18) 1950.
Aquarium Stock Company 21st Edition - 1956.
My Collection of Old Magazines
Aug 1917, Jan 1920, Feb 1920, Mar 1920, April 1920, April 1920, May 1920, June 1920, Sept 1920, Sept 1921.
The Aquarian Bulletin (Brooklyn Aquarium Society)
Dec 1917, Jan 1919
The Aquarium Magazine
Volume 1 May 1932 - April 1933
Volume 2 May 1933 - April 1934
Volume 3 May 1934 - April 1935
Volume 4 May 1935 - April 1936
Jan 1949, Oct 1949, Nov 1949, Feb 1954, Dec 1954, Jan 1955, Jun 1956, July 1957, Sep 1957, Oct 1957, Jul 1958, Jan 1966, Mar 1966
The Home Aquarium Bulletin
Aug, 1933, Sep 1933, Oct 1933, Nov 1933, Dec 1933, Aug 1934
Tropical Fish Hobbyist
Feb 1957, Oct 1963, Nov 1963, Jun 1964, Dec 1964, Oct 1967, May 1968, Nov 1968