Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1845. First U.S. edition. First U.S. ed. 16 mo., 60 pp.; 48 pp., illustrated with woodcuts. Publisher's cloth decorated in blind and gilt. Spine ends chipped, with light rubbing at the tips and scattered foxing. A very good copy. Item #52118
Fisher, an assistant in the Laboratory of the London Institution, first published his manual in 1843. There were three printings before a second edition (broken into two parts) was published in 1845. Although not the first manual in the English language, this was the first bound manual to be published in America, preceded by a few pamphlets and articles in journals. Erroneously, Henry Hunt Snelling's THE HISTORY AND PRACTICE OF THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY (1849) is credited with being the first manual in America.
Roosens and Salu No. 6359.