The BILLINGS MICROSCOPE COLLECTION of the Medical Museum Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
Washington, D. C. American Forces Institute of Pathology 1974. First printing. , -xx, , 244 pages. 7 7/8 inches by 10 1/4 inches. Softcover wrappers (softcover). Marbled grey printed background with green border, lettering, and microscope illustration. The first printing of the second and best edition. 475 figures, mostly black and white photos of instruments. Page edges spotted, previous owner bookplate on front flyleaf. A sound working copy. Good. Wraps. 
One of the standard references in the field. The microscope collection documented here is very diverse, having been started by Lieutenant John S. Billings, a medical officer of the US Army, and curator of the Army Medical Museum from 1883 to 1893 and extended through donations and acquisitions in the years since. It is very helpful for dating unknown microscopes by form, useful for collectors, dealers, and historians. This second edition contains an additional 32 pages of microscopes added to the collection since 1967. The many, many photographs, descriptions of each instrument (including dimensions) make this an essential reference for the collector, dealer, or historian.