Glasgow: Richard Griffin and Co., 1841. First edition. 8vo., viii, 96 pp., lithographic frontispiece showing an image in positive and negative, with 29 illustrations in text. The frontispiece shows staining and foxing at the edges; a few leaves have creased corners and modest foxing. The top and bottom of the spine have been expertly reconstructed, with the inner hinges repaired. The binding is the publisher's original blind-embossed cloth, with the running title in gilt on the spine. There is a medical society bookplate, and the general title page bears their ink stamp. There is chipping to the top blank corner of several leaves on Griffin's Crystallography. In all, this remains a good copy. Item #18062
This is generally regarded as the first general treatise on photography in the English language. Hunt discusses the paper, metal and glass processes of Talbot, Daguerre and Herschel, and the variations upon their work.
This title was available in two forms, both are identical in all respects and both are considered as the first edition. The two issue are: as part of a larger volume of scientific titles published by Griffin, and as a separate bound volume, also published by Griffin. Our copy is bound in GRIFFIN'S SCIENTIFIC MISCELLANY. FIRST SERIES. This volume also contains: Liebig's ORGANIC ANALYSIS; Griffin's CRYSTALLOGRAPHY; Von Korbell's MINERALOGY; Ramsay's GEOLOGY OF ARAN; Spencer's ELECTROGRAPHY.
Gernsheim - Incunabula No. 653. Not listed by Roosens and Salu.