Visual Optics and Sight Testing

Catalogue Number: 4102
Visual Optics and Sight Testing
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: Laurance, Lionel
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1912
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Author
Description Of Item: Original light green cloth, 225 x 155 mm396 pages. Photographic frontspiece, 148 B & W figures in text plus 1 other plate opposite p.213, Ownership details of Cecil H Thomas (early Melbourne optometrist) on front pastedown
Historical Significance: Lionel Laurance (1856-1936) born England, emigrated to Canada 1886 where he set up an optical company. Educated himself in optics and optometry (which started when confined to home with an injured leg). Founded 2 optometry schools in Canada. Returned to England 1896 to source optical goods for his Canadian business. Sat and passed first FSMC examination in 1898. Founded Institute Ophthalmic Opticians 1906. Taught optometry at Northampton Polytech for 2 years. Wrote 5 books including this book which was widely used by optometrists in the first half of the 20thC. This is the first edition. See Fisher EJ Optom Vis Sci 1989; 66:484.
How Acquired: Donated by Steve Jenkins
Date Acquired: 12/07/2021
Condition: Fair to good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note

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