Catalogue Number: 267
A practical treatise on the use of the ophthalmoscope
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: John Whitaker HULKE
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1861
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: John Churchhill
Description Of Item: 70 pages, diagrams in text, 4 coloured plates. On the front paste-down is an old armorial bookplate for TA Fitzgerald. Also a pencilled presentation inscription 'with compliments from August Mayfield (?) 1938'
Historical Significance: This book is based on an essay for which Hulke was awarded the Jacksonian Prize by the Royal College of Surgeons in England in 1859. Helmholtz had invented the opthalmoscope a few years earlier, in 1850, and this is one of the earliest works solely devoted to the subject. The 4 coloured plates are superb. Hulke FRS (1830-1895) gave the Hunterian Lecture to the Royal College of Surgeons in 1895. He was elected to the College in 1857 and was President of the RCS 1893 until his death in 1895. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1867 for his research on the anatomy and physiology of the retina in man and lower animals. He was also a geologist, and received the Wollaston medal from the Geological Society in 1883.
Condition: Good but small hole in cloth of spine & front joints breaking
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection