An essay on visual glasses (vulgarly called spectacles)

Catalogue Number: 2302
An essay on visual glasses (vulgarly called spectacles)
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: MARTIN Benjamin
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2013
Edition: Facsimile of original 1756 edition
Time Period: 18th C and earlier
Publisher/Manufacturer: Gale Ecco Print Editions
Description Of Item: Paper back, anachronistically illustrated modern cover, 245 x 190 mm, 3 preliminary pages of information on print-on-demand etc, 24 pages plus reproduction of original copperplate illustrations and 4 pages of advertisements.
Historical Significance: This is a facsimile of a book by London Optician Benjamin Martin first published in 1756. The book ran to at least five editions in the 1750s. It is largely a promotion of the authors spectacles, known as 'Martin's Margins' but includes basic information on the anatomy and physiology of the eye and advice on the selection of glasses.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum (Abebooks)
Date Acquired: Sept 2013
Condition: Mint
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 6

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