1853 · London
by Hunt, Robert
London: John Joseph Griffin & Co. and Richard Griffin and Co., Glagow, 1853. Third edition, enlarged. 8vo., hand-colored frontispiece with tissue guard, x, 321 pp.,  pp. catalogue of instruments, illustrated with numerous engravings. Later binding of half calf and marbled paper over boards, new endpapers. Very good. Robert Hunt (1807-1887) was librarian and keeper of mine records at the Museum of Practical Geology and professor of mechanical engineering of the Royal School of Mines at London. He carried on numerous photographic and chemical experiments and was one of the greatest contributors to the early literature of photography. In 1841 Hunt published the first English treatise on photography, A POPULAR TREATISE ON THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY... Our copy, A MANUAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY, is the third, revised and enlarged edition of his 1841 treatise. In 1853, he was one of the founders of the Photographic Society of London. His experiments with organic and inorganic light-sensitive substances were most influential in the development of photo-chemistry. This history and manual includes detailed procedures and formulae and is comprehensive to its date.
Issued in the series ENCYCLOPAEDIA METROPOLITANA, with a separate title page. Gernsheim - INCUNABULA OF BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHIC LITERATURE 1839-1875 No. 653 and 714; Roosens and Salu Roosens and Salu No. 4234.
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