Supplement to the Optician's Manual: a Treatise on the science and practice of optics

Catalogue Number: 3463
Supplement to the Optician's Manual: a Treatise on the science and practice of optics
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: BROWN Christian Henry
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1899
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: The Keystone
Description Of Item: Brown cloth cover, 153 x 230 mm, 200 pages including an appendix of symbols and abbreviations, with 3 pages of adverting at the end for The Keystone books, black and white illustrations through text
Historical Significance: This book along with various other editions under the title Optician's Manual were the most systematic and influential of the early books on the practice of optometry.This book published in 1899 is a supplement to the first edition of the Optician's Manual published in 1897. The supplement was first published in 1896 as Chapters 11 and 12 in The Keystone.The Opticians Manual in its various editions was originally published as a serial publication in "The Keystone" from May 1890 to November 1896. "The Keystone" was a journal for the Jewellery and Optical Trades. The series of monthly articles was first published in book form in 1897. See Cat Nos. 62 and 815 other editions. The Optician's Manual was later expanded to a two volume book that went to four editions, the last in 1921, when it was retitled the Optometrists Manual.This book was previously owned by Miss Ella Lillian May Pink (1890-1986), an Australian woman optometrist who qualified in optometry in London in 1915 and practised optometry in Australia from 1917 until September 1953.The author, Christian Henry Brown, was an American ophthalmologist and the owner of the Philadelphia Optical College. Brown was medically qualified and is described on the title page as Professor of Optics and Refraction at an unstated university. He is described as a graduate of the University of Philadelphia, a former physician at the Philadelphia Hospital and a member of the medical society in that State.
How Acquired: Donated by Noel Dawson (Estate of Ella Pink)
Date Acquired: Jan 2018
Condition: Good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection

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