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How does the author of a successful textbook set about revising it 20 years after the first edition? In the two main areas, the text and the illustrations, Dr Huber and his editor have made changes, some of which emphasize the difficulties that are faced in producing a new edition.
The greatest problem with the illustrations is the exceptionally poor reproduction of the older photographs, which were of outstanding clarity in the 1956 edition published in Switzerland, and are now sometimes of so low contrast that the relevant features are barely discernible. It must be mortifying for an author to watch his photographs, which were reproduced with such expertise by the original Swiss publisher, progressively degraded in St Louis so that the details disappear in successive editions, leading the reader to speculate whether in the next edition the usefulness of the illustrations will have disappeared into a black hole in
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