Visual optics

Catalogue Number: 565
Visual optics
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: EMSLEY H H
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1953 (V I reprint 1955 V2 reprint 1957)
Edition: 5th Edition (Reprint 1955,1957)
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hatton Press Ltd
Description Of Item: Two volumes in original green cloth covers. Volume II is a reprinting of 1957. Volume I has 454 pages with many iluustrations in textVolume II is 404 pages with few illustrations but illustrations include Lyle's major amblyopscope at page 92. (This copy missing Nov 3 2008 but see same item Cat No 566. This is probably a duplicate of 566)
Historical Significance: This book covers an outline of the eye and vision, visual acuity, refractive errors, accommodation and convergence, ophthalmoscopy, retinoscopy, keratometry, 5 chapters on binocular vision and two last chapters one on the schematic eye and the other on aberrations of the eye. 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. This a classic optometry student text, widely used until the 1960s. The first edition was published in 1936. Emsley held a BSc degree so the book tends to be quantitative although there is no hard maths. Editions held in the Kett Museum are: 1st 1936 Cat No 1083, 2nd 1939 Cat No 564, 3rd 1944 Cat No 1944, 4th 1950 Cat No 100, 5th 1953 Cat No 566
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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