Ophthalmic lenses

Catalogue Number: 3536
Ophthalmic lenses
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: EMSLEY Harold Heston, SWAINE William
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1928
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hatton Press Ltd
Description Of Item: Original navy cloth cover, 215 x 140 mm, 319 numbered pages and an advertisement supplement of 12 unnumbered pages, 128 black and white figures in the text. Inscribed by the authors on the front fly leaf 'with compliments W Swaine / H.H. Emsley' and by the previous owner 'R.W. Mitchell'
Historical Significance: This book was a standard text for optometry students in the UK and in Australia for many years. This is the first edition. which was published in 1928. The Museum holds the 3rd edition 1935 (Cat No 257), 4th 1940 (Cat No 1826), 5th 1947 (Cat No 568) and the 6th 1951 (Cat No 1403).Emsley and Swaine taught at the Northampton Polytechnic, London, (founded 1894 later in 1966 to become the City University London) which offered an optometry course. Emsley BSc was a physicist and Head of the Applied Optics Department in the Northampton Polytechnic . He also wrote Visual Optics, another standard optometry text book of the mid 20th C, See catalogue No 100, 564-567 for various editions of Emsley's Visual Optics. Swaine BSc FSMC was an optometrist but at the time of writing the 4th edition he is described as lecturer in physics, West Ham Municipal College
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: Apr 2018
Condition: Very good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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