The Practical Use of the Microscope; Including Photomicrography.
by NEEDHAM, George Herbert.
Springfield:: Charles C. Thomas, 1977., 1977. Second printing [copy of]. 11 x 8 9/16 [1 ½" thick] inches. xxiv, 493 pp. 173 figures, index. Navy gilt-stamped cloth. Near fine. ONE OF HARTLEY'S FAVORITE BOOKS ON THE MICROSCOPE. This is what they call in the house of Charles C Thomas, a "photocopy edition." The publisher wrote relating this: "The red cloth edition was the original edition and was printed by offset press and had a smyth sewn binding and a dust jacket. The blue cloth edition was what we used to call a “photocopy edition” and was scanned and printed on a Xerox Docutech printer (or photocopier as it were) in small quantities, then sent to a bindery for an adhesive case binding and a simple stamping on the spine. When a book became older and the demand for it slowed up, that was the best way to keep books still available; otherwise, it would have been placed out of print and it would have been unavailable. We no longer produce the “photocopy” editions with these navy blue cloth bindings and the stamping on the spine." Hartley, naming the 1958 first edition, lists this as one of his favorite (#11 of 12) microscopy books: "...two major works are George Needham's description of most of the optical gear available post-war , and Burrell's book on industrial microscopy . This is a monumental work which covers virtually all the instrumental aspects – all the things a competent microscopist ought to be capable of doing: he is particularly good on lamp collector lenses, a branch commonly ignored but of vital importance." – Gilbert Hartley," A dozen favourite books on microscopy", Quekett Journal of Microscopy, 2005, 40, 39–40. / Brian Bracegirdle, on his list, totes it a bit higher at no. 7 [of 12]: "...my seventh choice, a true modern classic of the microscope, came out – The practical use of the microscope by George Needham, published in 1958. He worked in California, and had much experience in using a range of instruments, both visually and photographically. A detailed and extensive account of microscopes is given, including all the types then recently introduced, in his 493 larger-format pages. This book is to mid-twentieth century stands what Dallinger was to those of fifty years before, and Beck was to those of almost a century before. I have very rarely looked up a topic in Needham without finding real enlightenment, and that is not always a result of consulting reference works. Some highlights discussed in his pages include ultra-violet stands, fluorescence work, phase contrast, and a note on the electron microscope – all of which were novelties to most in the 1950s. He discusses polarizing work, including a very clear account of determining the optical constants of minerals, and gives an excellent statement of microscope optics. He includes details on such as Rheinberg, micrometry, and mounting media of high refractive index, on drawing from the microscope and on photomicrography, and it's all clear and readable. His section on illuminants is especially interesting, as it just predated the use of tungsten-halogen sources. All the nowadays hard-to-find details on oddments of accessories such as the Mikropolychromar are included, and I would not like to be without this book on my shelves."
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