TRAVERS, Benjamin.

A Synopsis of the Diseases of the Eye, and their treatment: to which are prefixed, a short anatomical description and a sketch of the physiology of that organ. London: Printed for Longman,… 1820. [Bound with:] Notes to a Synopsis of the Diseases of the Eye.

London: G. Woodfall, printer… .1821

2 works in 1 volume, 8vo, pp. xix, (i), 425, and 6 hand-coloured engraved plates; 30 pages. The plates rather closely cut affecting the plate numbers, signatures or imprint, some soiling and small marks, upper corner of T4 missing with loss of page numbers, library stamp on the title-page of the Notes and the paper slightly browned. Nineteenth century half calf.

FIRST EDITIONS. G&M 5843 (the Synopsis): “The earliest systematic treatise in English on diseases of the eye. The book became the authority in Europe and America.” Travers was the first hospital surgeon in England to dedicate himself entirely to the study of the eye. This book was the result of his observations made at the London Infirmary for Diseases of the Eye (now known as Moorfields), where he succeeded Saunders as surgeon. The very rare Notes, not normally found with the main work, includes an original report by Baron Dupuytren communicated personally to Travers. The Notes was incorporated into the second edition. Becker catalogue 379. Albert, Norton & Hurtes 2307.


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