Catalogue Number: 141
The Optican's Manual
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: BROWN C H
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1901
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia
Publisher/Manufacturer: The Keystone
Description Of Item: Two volumes: Vol 1, 419 pages plus advertisements, numerous diagrams and illustrations, fine frontispiece portrait of Donders; Vol 2, 403 pages plus adverts., numerous diagrams and illustrations, fine frontispiece portrait of Helmholtz. Volume 1 was previously owned by Harold Ternes, a Melbourne optometrist.
Historical Significance: CH Brown was medically qualified and is described on the title page as Professor of Optics and Refraction at an unstated university. He is described as a graduate of the University of Philadephia, a former physician at the Philadelpia Hospital and a member of the medical society in that State. The book was originally published as a serial publication in "The Keystone" starting in May 1890. The first edition in one volume was published in 1897. "The Keystone" is styled on the title page as the organ of the Jewelry and Optical Trades. See also Cat Nos. 62 and 815 for other copies.
How Acquired: Donated by
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection