Catalogue Number: 1706
A manual of practical orthoptics
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Author: George H GILES
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1938
Edition: 1st Edition
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hatton Press Pty Ltd
Description Of Item: Original light brown cloth cover, 140 pages plus a 9 page supplement of advertisements, illustrated with black and white photographs of orthoptic instruments. Name and address of RC Hogan, Melbourne optometrist, on front fly leaf.
Historical Significance: This is a second copy. The other copy is Cat No 196 held in the Aitken Collection. It is the fore- runner of Giles' better known 'Practice of Orthoptics'. See other books by Giles in this collection. This was a standard optometry textbook on orthoptics in the 1940s and 1950s. George Giles OBE FBOA FSMC DOrth (1904-1965) was a prominent figure in UK optometry and was the Secretary of the British Optical Association from 1941-1965. He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Victorian College of Optometry when he visited in 1955. At various times he was Senior Examiner of the BOA, Senior Staff refractionist, Senior Orthoptist and Lecturer at the London Refraction Hospital, consultant to the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College (HMS "Worcester"), Registrar of the Joint Council of Qualified Opticians, Technical Adviser to the London Optical Company, Honorary Secretary of the West and North West London and Middlesex Local Association, member of the General Optical Council, President of the International Optical League, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society and an Ernest Aves Medallist. He also qualified as a barrister of Lincoln's Inn. Giles edited the Dioptric Review and The British Journal of Physiological Optics. He co-designed the Giles-Archer Colour Vision Unit and various orthoptic instruments.
How Acquired: Donated by Family of RC Hogan, mid 20thC optometrist, via Peter Dwyer.
Date Acquired: Nov 2010
Condition: Very good
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection