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A Popular Treatise on Photography. Also a: MONCKHOVEN, Désiré Van.

MONCKHOVEN, Désiré Van.

Published by Virtue Brothers. 1863 (1863)

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About this Item: Virtue Brothers. 1863, 1863. Illus, 4pp + 12pp catas. Some sl. spotting, sewing a little weak in places. Orig. green cloth wraps, paper label; sl. dulled. v.g. BL & Oxford only on Copac. The first English edition, translated from the French by W.H. Thornthwaite. Van Monckhoven was a Belgian scientist, photographic researcher and inventor. His first work on photography was published in 1857. Seller Inventory # 56667

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A POPULAR TREATISE ON THE ART OF: Hunt, Robert

Hunt, Robert

Published by Richard Griffin and Co, Glasgow (1841)

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About this Item: Richard Griffin and Co, Glasgow, 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. 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. Seller Inventory # 18062

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HUNT Robert

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About this Item: 1841. First Edition. "HUNT, Robert. A Popular Treatise on the Art of Photography, including Daguerréotype, and All the New Methods of Producing Pictures. Glasgow: Richard Griffin, 1841. Octavo, early plain blue paper wrappers and endpapers. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $6500.First edition of Huntís landmark photographic work, with 29 in-text illustrations and frontispiece featuring one of the earliest representations of a negative print.In the dramatic years of photography's early growth, with Niépce developing heliography, Daguerre the daguerreotype and Fox Talbot the calotype, Robert Hunt (1807-87), a British chemist, geologist and photographer, broke new ground with this "very first general treatise on photography" (Reilly, Albumen & Salted Paper Book). A pioneering text, it successfully broadened the influence, art and scientific uses of photography while also exploring new photographic processes. "On the discovery of photography Hunt at once began a series of careful experiments, and soon published in the Philosophical Transactions several papers on his results, one being the discovery that the protosulphate of iron could be used as a developing agent" (DNB). "With characteristic unselfishness, Hunt made [his and other discoveries] public during the early '40s." His innovation of "protosulphate of iron had many advantages over gallic acid as a developing agent Its importance in shortening exposure time "compels us to pay particular attention to its introduction into photography" (Eder, 326). Two years after this book's publication, Hunt produced what many consider to be the first color photograph, using a chromatype process to create a direct positive image in hues of orange or lilac. With frontispiece plate of a photographic positive and negativeóone of the earliest known representations of the negative print. Gernsheim Incunabula 653. Some edge-wear to brittle text, a few stains to title page and gutter margin of Introduction. Foxing to later wrappers. A very good copy of this scarce and seminal work.". Seller Inventory # 103908

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