Catalogue Number: 282
Visual optics and sight testing
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: Lionel LAURANCE
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1912
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Description Of Item: Original cloth, 396 pages, 2 plates 149 illustrations. Extra leaf before title page indicating that Arthur Cocks and Co of Sydney were the Australian agents for the book. Signature on fly leaf of SB Abotomey, an Australian optometrist.
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 started when confined to home with an injured leg). Founded 2 optometry schools in Canada. Returned to England 1896 to source optical goods for his Canadian business. Sat and passed first FSMC examination in 1898. Founded Institute Ophthalmic Opticians 1906. Taught optometry at Northampton Polytech for 2 years. Wrote 5 books including this book which was widely used by optometrists in the first half of the 20thC. This is the first edition. See Fisher EJ Optom Vis Sci 1989; 66:484.
How Acquired: Donated by
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection