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A treatise on one hundred and eighteen principal diseases of the eyes and eyelids, &c. in which are communicated several new discoveries relative to the cure of defects in vision; with many original prescriptions. To which are added, directions in the choice of spectacles.

ROWLEY, William (1743-1806).

Published by Printed for J. Wingrave., E. Newbery., and T. Hookham, 1790., London:, 1790
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213 x 134 mm. 8vo. lxvi, 360 pp. 6 engraved plates (1 folding); occasional spotting, ms. notes on pages 8 and 9 in an early hand. Contemporary quarter brown calf, calf corners, marbled boards, gilt on spine rubbed off; corners bumped and showing, rubbed. Ex library ms. label at head of spine, ms. notations on title and page [3]. Bookplate. Very good; RARE. FIRST EDITION. "One of the most intriguing volumes in the historic ophthalmic literature. Ostensibly written by Rowley, the book was judged in England to be an important ophthalmological work at the time. Almost half a century later, it gradually dawned on the ophthalmic intelligentsia that the book was in fact a plagiarism. Rowley's book was an unacknowledged translation of Joseph Jacob Plenck's Doctrina de morbus oculorum. The full story of the deception was published in 1910 by the great ophthalmic historian, Julius Hirschberg." Albert, The classics of ophthalmology library, 1988. William Rowley served an apprenticeship at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, and worked as a naval surgeon for some years before establishing a London practice, chiefly in obstetrics but also in general surgery and ophthalmology. Albert, et al, Source book of ophthalmology, 1967; DNB, XVII, pp. 366-367; Hirsch, V, p. 105; Hirschberg, III, pp. 375-378; Munk's Roll, II, pp. 340-342; Snyder, Our ophthalmic heritage, pp. 153-157. See: James, Studies in the history of ophthalmology in England prior to the year 1800, pp. 118-121. Bookseller Inventory # M12833

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Title: A treatise on one hundred and eighteen ...

Publisher: Printed for J. Wingrave., E. Newbery., and T. Hookham, 1790., London:

Publication Date: 1790

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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