London: T. Cadell, 1792. 1st Edition. 1792 Chirurgical Observations Relative to the Epiphora AND 1792 Remarks on the Ophthalmy, Psorophthalmy, and Purulent Eye. London: Charles Dilly, 1787. Second edition. "James Ware was a major force in the rescue of ophthalmology from the hands of quacks. [His] contributions to ophthalmology were so impressive that he was the first oculist inducted into the Royal Society (Albert, Sourcebook, 366).
BOUND WITH: 1792 first edition of an influential and now-rare work by the Scottish-American physician William Wells. Wells' "contributions in ophthalmology included his description of hyperopia, discussions of the effects of belladonna on the refractive point of the eye and consensual pupillary reaction, as well as the present work on single vision with two eyes. Wells' chief object in writing the treatise was to offer "a new solution of the question, why objects are perceived single with two eyes" (p. 1). His contemporaries deemed it a major contribution and, as a result elected him to membership in the Royal Society the following year” (Heirs of Hippocrates 1156, citing his work offered here at auction). Item #228
CONDITION & DETAILS: 8vo. 8.75 by 5 inches. London: T. Cadell, 1792. Wells: , 144; Ware: vi, , 78; [viii], 156 pages. Ex-libris bearing only the ghost of a spine number and a tiny, very faded stamp on the title page. Illustration: Ware’s Chirurgical Observations is illustrated with one folding engraved plate illustrating a catheter. The plate has a faded library stamp on it. Binding: Early 20th century cloth with library markings on spine. Endpapers renewed. Text block is hand-stitched and sturdy. Interior: All three works are complete. Some occasional very light foxing, overall in very good condition.