Catalogue Number: 1409
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: FINCHAM, Walter H A
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1939
Edition: 3rd Ediiton
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hatton Press Ltd
Description Of Item: Original red cloth, 424 pages and advertisements, 6 black and white plates, 251 figures in text. TWO COPIES. Copy 1 A Isaacs copy with his rubber stamp on ffl, condition good. Copy 2 Earlier owner Edwin S Wood of Pennsylvania noted on front fly leaf (donated by Michael Aitken Jan 2010), condition fair,now in Archive Room, East Wall
Historical Significance: This was the standard optometry text in optics for many years. The first edition was published in 1934. The last editions were published with MH Freeman in 1974 (8th) and 1980 (9th) and some editions ran to second printings. WHA Fincham and especially his brother EF Fincham were remarkable optometry scholars by any measure but especially in the context of being lecturers at a Polytech in the first half of the 20th C, neither having completed a university degree. WHA Fincham (1890 - 1977) FSMC and EF Fincham (1893 - 1963) FIntPhys FSMC FBOA taught in the optometry course at the Northampton Polytechnic, later City University. WAH Fincham wrote this highly successful optics book. He taught at the Polytech for 46 years. His brother, Edgar F Fincham, was the inventor of a number instruments including the Fincham Coincidence Optometer (Cat No 629), the Fincham Combined Corneal Microscope and Slit Lamp, the Fincham Ophthalmo-Retinoscope (Cat No 1124), the Fincham Plastic Artificial Eye Fitting Set, the Fincham Photo-Retinoscope, Fincham Sutcliffe Screening Scotometer / Electronic Field-plotting chart and the Fincham Combined Corneal Microscope and Slit Lamp. He also published a number of scholarly papers of accommodation and other subjects. See obit Br J Ophthalmol 1964; 48: 120
How Acquired: Donated by Alan Isaacs, ACO member
Date Acquired: Copy 1,Feb 2011
Condition: Good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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