Catalogue Number: 3225
Eye defects: how to detect and correct them
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: KNOWLES, R. H.
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1910
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: New York
Publisher/Manufacturer: Spencer Optical Mfg. Co
Description Of Item: The book is hard cover, black cloth, 235 x 145 mm, with 96 pages including 7 advertisement pages at end. AOA Bookplate for Fred T Wright (with his portrait) on front paste-down.
Historical Significance: Knowles held an MD degree and is author of other books including "Practical optics" and the "The science and art of refraction". The book is published by an optical manufacturing company as promotion and to educate its clientele of opticians, optometrists and ophthamic medical practitioners. This book is undated but from its style and content it would have been published about 1910 to 1920. Some of the pages advertise ophthalmic equipment and on page 95 is an advertisement for the Spencer Optical Institute which provided a two week course costing $US25 starting on the first Tuesday of each month from which a Diploma could be obtained. The illustrations of equipment and spectacles are excellent and the photographs of optometrists doing various procedures provide a very good picture of the practice of optometry at the time. Second copy Kett No.108
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Australia
Date Acquired: 16-1-2017
Condition: Cover faded
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection