Visual optics and sight testing

Catalogue Number: 281
Visual optics and sight testing
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: Lionel LAURANCE
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1920
Edition: 2nd Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: The School of Optics Ltd
Description Of Item: Original cloth, 420 pages plus index and advertisements, errata leaf, 156 figures in text, 1 colour plate (opp p 229) and one frontispiece plate. Bookplate of J Ringland Anderson on the front pastedown and his signature on front flyleaf
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). Founded 2 optometry schools in Canada. Returned to England 1896 to source optical goods for his Canadian business. Sat and passed the 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 had many editions through to 1942 and was widely used by optometrists in the first half of the 20thC. See Fisher EJ. Optom Vis Sci 1989; 66:484. See Catalogue 282 (NL 003548) for first edition.
How Acquired: Donated by Dr Alan Isaacs
Date Acquired: Feb 3 2011
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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