BOWMAN, Sir William.

Lectures on the Parts concerned in the Operations on the Eye, and on the structure of the retina, delivered at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, Moorfields, June 1847. To which are added, a paper on the vitreous humor; and also a few cases of ophthalmic disease.

London: Longman,... .1849

8vo, pp. xii, 143, + Longman’s adverts inserted at the end, figures in the text. Original green blindstamped cloth. Old library stamp on title, paper slightly browned, part of spine very slightly marked by damp, but a nice fresh copy.

FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. G&M 1505: “The above work is the first to include a sound description of the microscopical anatomy of the eye and the ciliary (‘Bowman’s’) muscle. The book consists of several lectures given at the London Ophthalmic Hospital and published in the London Medical Gazette in 1847. Part of it is reprinted in Medical Classics, 1940, 5, 292–336. Bowman did more than any other man to advance ophthalmic surgery in England.” “In 1847 Bowman gave his famous six lectures...published later as a book that is one of the classics of ophthalmological literature” (Gorin 142–144). See also D’Arcy Power’s personal memoir in DNB.


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