The optician's manual. Vol I and II. A treatise on the science and practice of optics

Catalogue Number: 62
The optician's manual. Vol I and II. A treatise on the science and practice of optics
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: BROWN C H
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1902
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia
Publisher/Manufacturer: The Keystone
Description Of Item: The book is hardcover 235 x 150 mm. Vol I has 410 pages and Vol II has 403 pages including an index. It covers the anatomy of the eye, optics, optics of the eye, lenses, use and value of glasses, testing equipment needed, examination methods, presbyopia and the refractive errors. The last pages in each volumes are advertisments for other books published by The Keystone including in Vol II an advertisement for a translation of Tscherning's book on Physiologic Optics and Charles Prentice's book on ophthalmic lenses. See also Cat. No. 815 and Rare Books copy (No. 141)
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.
How Acquired: Donated by Brian Flynn, Member of the College
Condition: Vol 1 spine damage; Vol 2 good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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