Catalogue Number: 3232
The eye, its elementary anatomy, physiology and optical constants
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: Lionel LAURANCE
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1908
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: The Orthos Press
Description Of Item: Original brown cloth boards, 190 x 125 mm, 100 pages and 9 pages of interesting optical trade advertisements. 19 black and white figures in text and several black and white plates. Inscribed on the front fly leaf 'With the complements of the / author / Lionel Laurance'.
Historical Significance: Lionel Laurance (1856-1936) born England, emigrated to Canada 1886 where he set up an optical company with his brother. Educated himself in optics and optometry (which he started when confined to home with an injured leg). Founded 2 optometry schools in Canada. Returned to England 1896 to source optical goods for his Canadian business. He studied for and passed the first FSMC examination in 1898. Founded the Institute Ophthalmic Opticians 1906. Taught optometry at Northampton Polytech for 2 years. Wrote 5 books that were widely used by optometrists in the first half of the 20thC. This is probably his first book. See Fisher EJ Optom Vis Sci 1989; 66:484. A better preserved copy is in the Aitken collection Cat No. 280.
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Australia
Date Acquired: Jan 2017
Condition: Good but breaking at joints
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note