London and Glasgow: Richard Griffin and Company, 1854. Fourth edition, revised. 8vo., endpaper adverts front and rear, series title page, chromolithograph frontispiece, xii, 329 pp.,  pp. adverts, 87 b&w engraved figures, 1 b&w engraved chapter vignette, followed by 32 pp., illustrated CATALOGUE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS Sold by John Joseph Griffin, dated April 1854, followed by the publisher's April 1854, 8 pp. catalogue of publications. Publisher's blind embossed cloth over boards, recased with tissue repairs on the spine. A very good copy. Item #53634
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.