Catalogue Number: 3262
Refraction of the eye: its diagnosis and the correction of its errors with a chapter on Keratoscopy
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: MORTON Andrew Stanford
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1881
Edition: 1st edition
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: H. K. Lewis
Description Of Item: Original gold stamped brown cloth cover, 135 x 195 mm, 57 pages plus two pages of book advertisements and 9 black and white figures in text. This is an ex-library copy with a library rules sticker and withdrawn stamp for the University of Newcastle on Tyne on the front paste down and fly leaf. Ink stamp of the name of a previous owner 'Dr Heath's Library' on title page.
Historical Significance: This is an early book on refraction. It is the first edition of an early book on refraction published in 1881. The Kett Museum holds the 7th edition with a different title 'Refraction of the eye: its diagnosis and the correction of its errors with a chapter on the use of prism.' Cat no. 3210. The 7th edition was the last. All the earlier editions were published in the 19th century. With 7 editions it was clearly a book in demand in its time. Andrew Stanford Morton, MB CM Edin 1874, MRCS 1871, FRCS 1888 (1848-1927) was a prominent London ophthalmologist and ophthalmic surgeon famous for the Morton ophthalmoscope (1883) based on an invention of John Couper. It consisted of a set of lenses capable of being moved in front of the sight-hole by a geared wheel for the estimation of refraction before the days of retinoscopy. It was a very popular form of ophthalmoscope for over 40 years.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Optometry Museum
Date Acquired: Feb 2017
Condition: Good except library markings and stickers
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection