Catalogue Number: 755
General and practical optics
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: Lionel LAURANCE
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1920
Edition: 3rd Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: School of Optics Ltd
Description Of Item: Original red cloth covers, 350 pages plus advertisements. Errata leaf tipped in before page 1. Ink handwritten notes throughout.
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 Opticans 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.
How Acquired: Donated by OPSM via Stephen Giacon & John McGibbony
Date Acquired: 23.06.2003
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note