Catalogue Number: 3250
On the anomalies of accommodation and refraction of the eye with a preliminary essay on physiological optics
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: DONDERS Franz Cornelius (Translated by William Daniel Moore)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1864
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: The New Sydenham Society
Description Of Item: Original brown decoratively embossed cloth cover, 225 x 145 mm, with portrait of Donders gold stamped on front and gold stamped with title, author, publisher and date of publication on spine, 635 pages, 175 numbered black and white figures in text, pencil annotations on preliminary pages, old ink stamp for F. W, NIESCHE MD on half title page. Bookplate for Fred T Wright 1882-1832, The Wright Library and the National Library Australian Optometrical Association with photographic portrait of Fred Wright on front fly leaf.
Historical Significance: This is one of the most important books in the evolution of optometry. Some knowledge of the refractive errors had emerged during the 18th C and early 19thC but ophthalmologists were not interested. [See Mackenzie 1854 (this collection) who advised bloodletting for presbyopia, or trying some lenses at an optician's shop or retirement to the visually undemanding pastoral pursuits of Australia]. Donders changed that with his essay on "Ametropia and its results" published in 1860. This English translation was commissioned by the New Sydenham Society and published 4 years later. Donders (1818 - 1889) was Professor of Physiology and Ophthalmology at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Cat Nos. 37, 57, 68 and 178 are works by Donders held in this collection.
How Acquired: Donated by Optometry Australia (Wright Library)
Date Acquired: Jan 2017
Condition: Good except for cloth breaking at front
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note