Catalogue Number: 3517
Emsley and Swaine's ophthalmic lenses (Volume 1)
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: BENNETT Arthur G
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1968
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: The Hatton Press Ltd
Description Of Item: Original dark brown cloth cover, 225 x 150 mm, with glassine protective cover taped in place, 270 pages, black and white illustrations throughout text. The donor and previous owner's name and practice address on front fly leaf 'COLIN BATES / 26 GLENFERRIE RD / MALVERN 3149'
Historical Significance: The author, Arthur Bennett (1912-1994) FSMC FBOA HD, studied optometry at Northampton Polytechnic Institute 1932-1935 before joining Willesden Optical Company as a spectacle lens worker. By 1945 he had joined the technical staff of Stigmat Ltd, partly it seems due that company's intention to manufacture contact lenses, where he stayed until 1951. His interests included telescopic units for the partially sighted and aspheric lenses. He first became a part-time lecturer in 1937 and a full-time senior lecturer at City University in 1962. In 1947 he redesigned an offset zonal scleral contact lens. and was the pioneer of British (BS) Standards on ophthalmic lenses. He wrote over 200 papers and seven books. With Ron Rabbetts he co-wrote the classic Clinical Visual Optics and, as an historian, edited the first English translation of Isaac Barrow's 17th century Lectiones Opticae in 1987.This book was a new revised edition of the classic text Ophthalmic Lenses authored by H, H, Emsley and William Swaine that was first published in 1928 and ran for 6 editions, the last published in 1951. The Kett Museum holds copies of the 3rd edition (1935), 4th edition (1940), 5th edition (Reprint 1947), 6th edition (1951). It was a very popular student text in the UK and Australia.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: Dec 2017
Condition: Very good except for staining due to sellotape
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note