Visual Optics

Catalogue Number: 4105
Visual Optics
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
: Emsley, H.H.
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1936
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hatton Press Ltd
Description Of Item: Original brown cloth, errata leaf and frontspiece portrait, 220 mm x 150 mm.618 pages plus unnumbered pages of advertisements, numeroue B & W figures in text.Signature of Stanley W. Dods (early Melbourne optometrist) on front pastedown.
Historical Significance: This is the first edition of a very influential textbook for optometry students from 1936 until the early 1960s. It covers an outline of the eye and vision, visual acuity, refractive errors, accommodation and convergence, ophthalmoscopy, retinoscopy, keratometry. Also included are 5 chapters on binocular vision and chapters on the schematic eye and aberrations of the eye. Emsley was Head of the Applied Optics Department in the Northhampton Polytechnic within which an optometry course was taught, although the Polytechnic has now become City University and the Department is the Department of Optometry and Visual Science. Emsley held a BSc degree so the book tends to be quantitative although there is no hard maths. Editions held by the Kett Museum are: 1st 1936 Cat No 1083, 2nd 1939 Cat No 564, 3rd 1944 Cat No 1944, 4th 1950 Cat No 100, 5th 1955 Cat No 566.
How Acquired: Donated by Steve Jenkins
Date Acquired: 12/07/2021
Condition: very good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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