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ZWORYKIN, V. K., et al.

Electron Optics and the Electron Microscope.

Published: New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; Chapman & Hall, Limited, London, 1945

Stock code: 88476

Price: £500

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First edition, first printing of the first comprehensive text on electron microscopes by the team that developed the first commercially viable model. A very attractive copy and rare in the dust jacket. Though the concept of the electron microscope had been developed during the 1920s, researchers faced a number of difficulties in creating a machine that was both practical and powerful. The first commercially available model, the EM1 developed at Imperial College, London, could not exceed the resolution of the most powerful light microscopes, a major stumbling block to its uptake as a scientific tool. In 1938, a team at the University of Toronto which included a co-author of this volume, James Hillier, constructed the first effective, high-resolution model. Vladimir Zworykin, a pioneer of television technology, was then at RCA and in 1939 he convinced them to fund the development of a commercial electron microscope, producing one prototype before hiring Hillier in February 1940. The second design by Hillier, based on the Toronto model, was ready by July of that year and became the basis for RCA’s groundbreaking line of microscopes, which the team continued to improve upon throughout the 1940s. This fascinating and copiously illustrated volume based on their research covers all aspects of electron microscope theory, design, operation, and scientific and commercial applications.

Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and upper board in silver, publisher’s printed bookplate design to front pastedown. With the dust jacket. Diagrams, charts, and illustrations from photographs throughout. Just a little faint mottling to spine, otherwise the cloth is quite sharp and the contents clean and fresh. An excellent copy in the lightly rubbed jacket with minor fading of the spine panel and a few nicks and short splits, and closed tears to the upper panel and folds repaired with tape to the verso.

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