Catalogue Number: 53
Spectacles and eye glasses: Their forms, mounting, and proper adjustment
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: PHILLIPS, R.J
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1895
Edition: 2nd edition
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia
Publisher/Manufacturer: P. Blakiston's Son & Co.
Description Of Item: The book is hard cover, 200 x 125 mm, with 105 pages including an index followed by the publishers catalogue.
Historical Significance: Phillips was an ophthalmic surgeon and adjunct professor of diseases of the eye in the Philadelphia Polyclinic and College for Graduates in Medicine. This book was written as a class text. It covers the materials and cosmesis of spectacles, spectacle fitting, prescription of frames, checking and adjustment of glasses. It was written because textbooks on refraction 'remain almost devoid of reference to the subject of fitting spectacles and the 'scant literature is scattered through optician's trade publications.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: 1989
Condition: Good but for detached ffl and old library stamps
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 4 Drawer 1