Catalogue Number: 2332
The philosophy of the eye being a familiar exposition of its mechanism and of the phenomenon of vision with a view to the evidence of design
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: WALKER John
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1837
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Charles Knight and Co
Description Of Item: Recently bound in period style quarter calf gilt with new paper covered boards, 205 x 130 mm, and new end papers, xii preliminaries and 300 pages. Frontispiece plate plus many other black and white illustrations. Chapters on vision, structure of the eye, optics of the eye, defences of the eye, ocular muscles and eye movements, and others. Index.
Historical Significance: This book reflects knowledge of the eye and its optics before Helmholtz and Donders. Walker was an ophthalmic surgeon based in Manchester who also wrote The principles of ophthalmic surgery 1834 and the Oculists' Vade-Meum 1843.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: Nov 2013
Condition: Very good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection