Catalogue Number: 178
On the anomalies of accommodation and refraction of the eye with a preliminary essay on physiological dioptrics
Sub-Category: Hewett collection
Author: DONDERS, FC (Translated by William Daniel MOORE)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1864 (Facsimile 1952)
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: New Sydenham Society (Hatton Press)
Description Of Item: Original brown cloth cover, 635 pages, 175 figures in text, This is a facsimile produced by the Hatton Press of London in 1952 of the English translation of Donders' classic book published in 1864. We hold 2 copies of the original (See Cat No. 68) and other copies of the facsimile. Print run of this facsimile was limited to 1000 copies.
Historical Significance: Frans Cornelius Donders (1818 - 1889) was Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Utrecht and made important contributions to understanding accommodation and refractive errors. In particular he guided ophthalmology (and later optometry) to the scientific measurement of refractive errors and presbyopia and their correction by glasses. Previously refractive errors had interested only physisicts and physiologists such as Kepler, Kastner, Young and Airey and opthalmologists were dismissive of glasses while opticians sold glasses selected by trial. See Newell F. 'Franciscus Cornelis Donders'. Am J Ophthalmol 1989;107:691-3 and Lebensohn J. 'Donders and Astigmatism'. Am J Ophthalmol 1960;49:1053-6. See also the 1899 English translation of a similar essay in this collection. Cat Nos 37, 57, 68 and 178 are works by Donders held in this collection.
How Acquired: Not known
Location: Nathan Library. Hewett collection