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ADAMS, G. - Verhandeling over het zien, verklaarende kortlijk den aart van het zien en het zamenstel van het oog; ten dienste van menschen, wier oogen zwak of ongesteld zijn ..., beneevens zekere regelen. om te weeten of men eenen bril noodig hebbe, ... Uit het Engelsch ... met aanmerkingen ... door H. Aeneae.

Amsterdam, H.Gartman a.o, 1792. W. 1 fold. plate. Contemp. limp speckled marbled brds., spine rubb. (VIII, 174, I pp.). First edition in Dutch. Translation after the 2nd English edition. Comp. Münchow, p. 453 'Mit seinem Werk gab Adams die wissenschaftliche Grundlage zur Argumentation gegen die von den Intellektuellen allgemein als schädlich erkannte Brillenmode in die Hand.': Albert, Norton etc. Source Book, comp. 11 (Engl. ed. 1789): 'Writing for the lay public, Adams describes the anatomy of the eye, the nature of vision, and the roles of light, colour, and distances, in an effort to educate readers about caring for the eye, preserving vision, and choosing spectacles.': Becker Coll. 3, note: 'Adams, a famous London and court optician, earned a world wide reputation as a maker of spectacles and microscope lenses. In this work he endeavoured "to do away a general prejudice in favour of spectacles [and] to diffuse more generally a knowledge of the subject among the vendors of this article, particularly those who live in the country" ... The final section gives an account of squinting, methods of ascertaining its nature, and the best remedies for its cure. A priced catalogue of mathematical and scientific instruments made and sold by the author follows the text.': Wellcome II, 13 comp. (2nd Engl. ed.).: Hirschberg, para 470: On the translator and editor Aeneae, see Van der Aa, I, 32. Henricus Aeneae (1743 - 1810) was a teacher of maths and physics, he was especially interested in optics, perspective and construction of instruments.
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