Catalogue Number: 33
On near sight, aged sight, impaired vision and the means of assisting sight
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: COOPER, William
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1853
Edition: Second Edition
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: John Churchill
Description Of Item: The book is hard cover 173 x 110 mm with 320 pages including an index. It has chapters on myopia; presbyopia (but not hypermetropia); impaired vision from over work, artificial light and foul atmosphere; colour blindness; glasses and one on eye protectors. His writing is well illustrated with descriptions of actual cases. There are two appendices: one describes John Milton's (British poet 1608 - 1674) loss of sight from too much reading from childhood and the other describes snow blindness and includes written personal accounts of snow blindness of arctic explorers. This is the second edition: the first edition was published in 1847.
Historical Significance: William Cooper was an ophthamologist and surgeon at two London hospitals.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: 1989
Location: Nathan Library. Aitken collection