Visual optics

Catalogue Number: 1083
Visual optics
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: EMSLEY H H
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1936
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hatton Press Ltd
Description Of Item: Original brown cloth, 639 pages, illustrations and supplement of advertisements
Historical Significance: This book covers an outline of the eye and vision, visual acuity, refractive errors, accommodation and convergence, ophthalmoscopy, retinoscopy, keratometry. There are 5 chapters on binocular vision and the two last chapters are on the schematic eye and aberrations of the eye. It was a standard optometry text in the UK and Australia from 1936 into the 1960s. Emsley was Head of the Applied Optics Department in the Northhampton Polytechnic within which an optometry course was taught, although the Polytechnic has now become City University and the Department is the Department of Optometry and Visual Science. Emsley held a BSc degree so the book tends to be quantitative although there is no hard maths. Editions held in this collection are: 1st 1936 Cat No 1083, 2nd 1939 Cat No 564, 3rd 1944 Cat No 1944. 4th 1950 Cat No 100 and 5th 1955 Cat No 566
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum (to obtain a 1st edition of this most influential book)
Date Acquired: Jan 2009
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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