Catalogue Number: 4104
Refraction of the Eye. A manual for Students
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: Hartridge, Gustavus
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1903
Edition: 12th Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: J & A Churchill
Description Of Item: Original dark gray cloth (breaking at hinges). 190 x 120 mm271 pages plus multiple unnumbered pages of book advertisements. 105 B & W illustrations in text. Signature of Cecil H.Thomas (early Melbourne optometrist) and his ink stamp on half-title. The Kett Museum holds several other editions of this book.
Historical Significance: Gustavus Hartridge (1849-1923), a prominent ophthalmic surgeon in London, was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and surgeon to a number of London hospitals. This book was written to help (medical?) students diagnose refractive errors and prescribe glasses. He is to be distinguished from Hamilton Hartridge FRS (1886-1976), a famous eye physiologist, but the two are related. Gustavus was Hamilton Hartridge's father's cousin and is said to have encouraged Hamilton's interest in the eye. This book was first published in 1884 and ran for many editions the last being the 16th ed 1919. This is the 12th ed. The archive also holds the 9th (1898), 10th (1900), 14th (1907), 15th (1911) and 16th (1919) editions. Of particular interest is that the appendix contains several pages and illustrations of Culbertson's prisoptometer. The museum hold two examples of this optometer (Cat No 202 and 1177).Gustavus Hartridge also wrote 'The ophthalmoscope: a manual for students'. The Kett Museum holds a 4th edition of this book, published in 1901.
How Acquired: Donated by Steve Jenkins
Date Acquired: 12/07/2021