Visual optics and sight testing

Catalogue Number: 756
Visual optics and sight testing
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: Lionel LAURANCE
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1936
Edition: 4th edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: The School of Optics Ltd
Description Of Item: Original green cloth covers, 458 pages, plus advertisements. Name of Dan Lorraine, a Melbourne optometrist, on front paste down.
Historical Significance: Lionel Laurance (1856-1936) born England, emigrated to Canada 1886 where he set up an optical company. Educated himself in optics and optometry (which he started when confined to home with an injured leg). He founded 2 optometry schools in Canada. He returned to England 1896 to source optical goods for his Canadian business. He studied for and passed the first FSMC examination in 1898. Founded the Institute Ophthalmic Opticians 1906. Taught optometry at Northampton Polytech London for 2 years. He wrote 5 books that were widely used by optometrists in the first half of the 20thC. (see catalogue numbers 281. 282, 283, 284) See Fisher EJ Optom Vis Sci 1989; 66:484 for biographical information. The archive holds the first edition 1912 of this book (Cat No 282)
How Acquired: Donated by OPSM via Stephen Giacon & John McGibbony
Date Acquired: 23.06.2003
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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