Illustrated title page.
Woodcuts, including portrait of the author on plate following leaf 11, illustrations of spectacles, and diagrams; also head and tail pieces.
"Romance de la aparicion de nuestra Señora de la Fuensanta en la ciudad de Cordova. Compuesto por un amigo del autor": leaves [6-9].
Signatures: [sec. 1]-[sec.]3⁴ A-2B⁴.
Garrison & Morton (5th ed.), 5821
Hirschberg, J. Geschichte der Augenheilkunde, II, p. 276
Uso de los Antois para todo Genero de Vistas by Benito Daza de Valdes (b. 1591?), and issued in Seville in 1623, is the earliest scientific treatise on spectacles. It contains sections on the anatomy and physiology of the eye, the improvement of vision by means of lenses, materials for making lenses, and the types of lenses used to correct faulty vision. It also points out the value of convex lenses after cataract operations. The woodcuts include sight-testing tables, illustrations of spectacles, and a full-page portrait of the author at the age of thirty-two. Little is known about Daza de Valdes apart from what he states in his treatise-- that he came from a family of lawyers, was a notary, and took an active part in the Inquisition at Seville.--J. Norman.
Extremely rare. cf. Casey's A. Wood's article in Annals of medical history, v. 3, 1921, p. 150-155.
CMGL also has an English translation of the 1923 edition (BIB 95678, RE976 .D27 2004).