Having held my 1966 copy of An introduction to the methods of Optical Crystallography by F. Donald Bloss (first published by Holt, Reinhardt and Winston, 1961) in high regard from student days, I was intrigued to learn of this recent MSA Monograph by the same author. The Monograph, in fact, takes much of its material directly from the 1961 text, including most of the illustrations which conveyed complex 3-D optical-crystal- lographic relationships with such clarity. The diagrams in the present version have, however, been reduced in size and there is a noticeable loss of crispness in the overall production quality...

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