Philadelphia: M.A. Root; J.B. Lippincott & Co.; D. Appleton & Co., N.Y. 1864. First edition. 8vo., xviii, 19-456 pp., illustrated with portrait engravings. Publisher's presentation binding of full morocco, embossed with camera and pallet design in gilt on front and rear boards, with decoratively stamped borders, gilt-decorated dentelles, a.e.g. Lacking two small slivers from the blank front fly leaf, else a fine and bright copy. Item #52064
Marcus Aurelius Root (1808 - 1888) was one of America's preeminent daguerreotypists. "Root's book, The Camera and the Pencil or The Heliographic Art  remains a major source on the the theory and practice of photography in America in the 19th century. Finally, Root was a pioneering photographic historian and collector: The Camera and the Pencil includes the first history of American photography ever written." Will Stapp, p. 1208 , Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography.
An exceptional copy. Roosens and Salu No. 4910.