Catalogue Number: 99
Retinal structure and colour vision: a restatement and an hypothesis
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: WILLMER, S.N.
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1946
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Cambridge
Publisher/Manufacturer: Cambridge University Press
Description Of Item: Original plum cloth covers, 231 pages; Illustrated with 77 diagrams and 4 colour plates. Old VOA library stamps. Preface by W D Wright
Historical Significance: This book presents an attempt to provide a general theory of colour vision and sets out to provide a general compendium of information about colour vision to supplant the book by John Parsons (Colour Vision 1915, revised 1924 see Cat No 220). Wright's book Researches on Normal and Abnormal Colour Vision published in the same year as this book of Willmer's better achieved this aim. Nevertheless this book did influence the debate on the mechanisms of normal and abnormal colour vision although Willmer's theory did not survive, Willmer also wrote 'A physiological basis for human colour vision in the central fovea' in 1955. Dr Willmer DSc was lecturer in histology at the University of Cambridge at the time the book as written.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Condition: Fair to good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note