Catalogue Number: 1663
The eye in health and disease (with an account of the optometer for the adaptation of glasses for impaired, aged or defective sight)
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: SMEE Alfred
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1854
Edition: 2nd Edition
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Longman and Co
Description Of Item: Original embossed decorated green cloth covers, 99 pages, viii preliminaries, 4 plates and 48 figures in text. Name of an earlier owner P Thomas on front fly leaf. Two pages of advertisements for Horne, Thornwaite and Wood, Opticians of Newgate Street, London, for Smee's optometer, spectacles, opera glasses and stereocopes. Two pages listing Alfred Smee's other books.
Historical Significance: There is much in this early ophthalmic text book of interest to optometrists. The first edition was published six years earlier in 1848. This second ediition has added information on binocular perspective. There are notes on eye disease and the selection of spectacles and Smee's optometer is described. Alfred Smee FRS (1818-1877) studied medicine in London but like others in the 18th and 19th C was a polymath. He wrote books and papers on metallurgy, electrobiology, horticulture, banknotes, printing, politics and the human mind, His daughter wrote a memoir shortly after his death 'Memoir of the late Alfred Smee' by EMO (Elizabeth Mary Oldling) London: George Bell and Sons 1879, a copy of the full text of which is held on the Kett Museum Computer.
How Acquired: Donated by Duncan Waite, member of the College
Date Acquired: Oct 2010
Condition: Fine except for mild foxing and spine sunned
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection