London and Glasgow: Richard Griffin and Company, 1854. Fourth edition, revised. 8vo., [ix] adverts, series title page, chromolithograph frontispiece, xii, 329 pp.,  pp. adverts, 87 b&w engraved figures, 1 b&w engraved chapter vignette. May, 1854 CATALOGUE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS bound into rear and partially loose Publisher's blind embossed cloth over boards, recased with subtle repairs at the spine ends, with slight loss of the publisher's gilt stamped name at the heel of the spine, rear hinge cracked but firm, lacking the frontispiece tissue guard, and simple owner's stamp on the title page. A very good copy. Item #25934
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 fourth, 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 No. 714; Roosens and Salu No. 4234.