Catalogue Number: 590
Modern ophthalmic lenses and optical glass
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: OBRIG, Theo E
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1944
Edition: 3rd Edition
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York
Publisher/Manufacturer: Chilton Company
Description Of Item: Original green cloth covers, 323 pages, xix preliminaries, 168 figures in text including a folding chart at Fig 15.
Historical Significance: Obrig was President of OBRIG Laboratories NY. He was an early pioneer of contact lens practice. Obrig was not an optometrist but a technical innovator who made contact lenses and taught ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians how to fit them. He was doing this in the late 1930s. The first Obrig all-plastic contact lens was produced in 1938. The Kett Museum has the first edition of this book published in 1936 (Cat # 225) as well as his book on contact lenses published in 1942 (Cat # 95), one of the earliest books in the modern history of contact lenses.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Condition: Good but spine is faded
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note