London: Constable and Company, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 5" x 7.5", pp xi, 146, illustrated with 64 figures, indexed. Original blue cloth, mild spine lean, chipping to head of spine, small split in cloth along rear joint. Internals clean and sound. Embossed "presentation copy" stamp on title page, but no indication of to whom this copy was presented. Baker, who pioneered methods for transmitting photographs telegraphically, writes in the Preface: "The desire to have news at the earliest possible moment, and the recent demand for the public to have 'news in pictures,' has opened up the field for a new science, which is a peculiar mixture of electricity, optics, and photoengraving. The telegraphed picture at first looked upon as a marvel, now occasions little or no surprise, which means that it is sufficiently like an ordinary photograph to pass muster among other pictures in the newspaper in which it appears."
List 4: Early Photography
New York and London: Wiley & Halsted and Trubner & Co. 1858. Hardcover. Very good. Fifth edition (first published 1856). 4.5" x 7.25", pp 242,  ads. Original blind-stamped blue cloth. A very good, sound copy with moderate rubbing to extremities and occasional light foxing. Bookplate of Emmet Field Horne on front pastedown. According to the Preface, this edition adds "a set of the full and complete practical formulae for the production of all kinds of Photographs on paper, as well as those on glass, known as Ambrotypes." Also includes much detail on the processes and apparatus.
New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1865. Hardcover. Good. 5" x 7.5", pp 283,  ads. Rebound in modern brown cloth with paper spine label; endpapers replaced. Occasional soiling/chemical stains in the text.This work is a substantial revision of the author's earlier work, The Ambrotype Manual, which was published in 1856 and rapidly went through several editions. The Photograph Manual appeared first in 1862. This unspecified edition is further enlarged and is the first to contain the Appendix, which adds information on the negative bath and improvements to the developing and collodion processes.
London: Dawbarn & Ward. Hardcover. Very good. Undated, but c. 1898. 5" x 7", pp 88,  ads; illustrated. Original cloth, lightly soiled. Early ownership signature on two pages, else clean and sound. Described in one contemporary photography periodical as "a standard work on the subject," and praised in another for its full treatment of "negatives and plates, methods of projecting slides, exposure of the lantern plate, development of slides and so on to the finishing process of masking and binding; some recipes, and a long list of developing formulae are also included." Includes many ads for photography publications, as well as cameras and other apparatus.
Philadelphia: A.Hart, Late Carey and Hart, 1853. Hardcover. Good+. 4.75" x7", pp , 15-224, illustrated with engravings. Original red cloth boards, rebacked with small part of original spine laid down. Chemical stains to rear board and edges of text block, occasionally affecting the margins only. Binding sound. Signature of Robert Freeland of the Proctor and Gamble Chemical Laboratory, Cincinnati, dated 1876, on front free endpaper. First American edition, combining two works by Croucher and one by Le Grey, and including much information on the apparatus, materials, and methods for several early photographic processes.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1861. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Quarto. 61 pp text followed by 46 plates (37 lithographs, 9 plates containing 22 separate mounted photographs). Introduction by Augustus A. Gold, biographical notice of the author (who died before publication) by Henry I. Bowditch. Original textured cloth boards, edgeworn and rebacked with new spine and paper label. Some foxing to plates, generally confined to the margins. Ownership stamp and signature of Tennessee archeologist Charles K. Peacock. Deane was a Massachusetts surgeon who became fascinated with the fossilized footprints of extinct animals found in quarry near his home. Recognizing the scientific importance of these fossils (which became very first dinosaur tracks to recognized and studied by scientists), he worked closely with an unknown photographer to document them. This is one of the first scientific works printed in America to be illustrated with photographic prints.
Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1883. Hardcover. Near Fine. Later printing (first published 1877). 5.5" x 8", pp vi, 158, with 112 illustrations, index. Original brown pebbled cloth with beveled edges, gilt lettering on upper board and spine. Light rubbing to extremities, staining to rear board, else fine. An American physicist and electrical engineer, Dolbear (1837-1910) was a longtime Professor at Tufts College, as well as an associate of Thomas Edison. This is primarily a work of physics, but provides useful information about methods and apparatus for projecting photographic images.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1844. First Edition. 4to, pp. xi, 108, 216, with coloured frontispiece, and three plates (one double-page) containing 136 figures. Original brown ribbed cloth, chipped at spine ends, rubbed at corners and fore edge. Contents clean and sound. Draper (1811-1882) was a physician and chemist who conducted pioneering experiments on the chemical effects of light. He became particularly interested in photography and is credited with having taken the first portrait of an individual, as well as the first photographs of the Moon and of an object under a microscope (ANB). The appendix to this work includes two chapters on the daguerreotype process.
New York: E. & H.T. Anthony, 1881. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Translated from the German by Horace Wilmer. 5"x 7", pp viii, 138,  ads. Original teal cloth stamped in gilt and black. Some pale staining to upper board and spine, all else clean and sound. Eder (1855-1944) was an Austrian scientist who specialized in the chemistry of photography. This work includes a theoretical and practical history of photographic emulsions as well as providing formulas and instructions for the preparation of emulsions.
New York: Scovill & Adams Company, 1899. Hardcover. Very good. First American edition; third edition overall, "revised, enlarged, and re-written in parts." pp. [iv], 190, 186, 87, xvi [ads]. Original pictorial cloth. Rubbed spot on spine, some pale staining to rear board. Binding sound, text clean. Divided into three parts, the first simply titled "Naturalistic Photography," the second "Technique and Practice," and the third "Pictorial Art." First published in London 1889, this book was widely known for its defense of photography as an art form. However, a decade later Emerson had reversed his assessment, and this edition includes the famous chapter titled “Photography--Not Art."
Cincinnati and Louisville: Gatchel & Hyatt, 1872. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 5" x 7.5", pp. viii, 9-200, , complete as issued, with two sample tintypes mounted with printed over-mats on the front and rear pastdowns. An empty printed Estabrooke sleeve for holding a ferrotype is laid in. Original purple cloth, sunned at the spine and with a few chemical stains. Some foxing to the over-mats, contents otherwise clean, binding sound. This popular early manual, which provides detailed instructions for making positives on enamelled iron and touts the ferrotype's "superiority over all other positive pictures," is reportedly the first book to contain original images on a material other than paper.
Cleveland, OH: National Lamp Works of General Electric, 1927. Softcover. Good+. Bulletin 52, July 20, 1927. 64 pp, with many illustrations from photographs and a two-page spread showing the photographic rendition of colors with various emulsions, filters, and illuminants. Some soiling, moderate handling wear. Foreword: "This bulletin tells how best to apply light in photography, offers suggestions on the wide range of lighting effects which can be produced with MAZDA lamps and suitable equipment, and shows the color rendition obtained with different emulsions and filters." Includes sections on incandesent lamps, lighting for portrait photography and for commercial photography, and darkroom processes. Not found in OCLC.
New York: E. & H.T. Anthony, 1890. First Edition. Softcover. Good. pp. 118, 4 (publisher's ads). Wrappers lightly soiled and detached but present. Text clean and complete. A collection of prize-winning articles submitted to a competition held by Amateur Photographer, a British journal founded in 1884 (and in 1890 edited by Hastings) to educate and support the growing international ranks of photography enthusiasts--men and women with the leisure time and money for serious pursuit of the art. This book collects the first, second, and third place essays in six categories: cameras, lenses, shutters, sensitive medium, exposure, and development. 2 copies located in OCLC.
New York and London: Underwood & Underwood, . Hardcover. Near fine. 4.5" x 6.75", 80 pp, in original green cloth stamped in gilt. A few small stains, bookplate of C.J. Peacock (with book curse); near fine. Reissue by an earlier producer of stereoscopic views of two Holmes essays: the title essay and another called "Sun-Painting and Sun-Sculpture, with a Stereoscopic Trip Across the Atlantic." Intended to highlight the importance of stereoscopic photographs for educational purposes and "to show the utter absurdity of many widespread misconceptions as, for instance, that stereoscopic photographs are of importance mainly as means for amusement and education rather than for education."
New York: Humphrey's Journal, 1857. Hardcover. Near Fine. Third edition, revised and greatly enlarged. 5" x 7.5", pp. xii, 2-215, with index, illustrations. Errata notice mounted to front blank. Original red cloth with blind-stamped decoration. Corners lightly rubbed, a few small stains on the spine; internals clean and sound. Humphrey was editor of The Dauguerrean Journal, the world's first specialist photographic periodical, which commenced publication in November 1850. This book was one of the first American manuals to provide full instructions for the collodion wet-plate process.
Glasgow: Richard Griffin and Co. 1841. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 8vo, pp. viii, 96, with lithographic frontispiece showing an image in positive and negative, and 29 illustrations in the text. Bound in later plain paper wrappers and housed in a clamshell box. Some chipping to the edges, staining (probably photographic chemicals) to the title page and Introduction only. Overall about very good. Hunt (1807-1887) was a chemist who played a prominent role in the early decades of photography in Britain. This volume, which incorporated much of his own research as well as a survey of important contributions to the field, is generally regarded as "the first book on photography in English" and was, according to Hannavy, "the most comprehensive account of photography photographic process published to that date." A rare and seminal work.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1877. Softcover. Near fine. United States Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication, No. 9. 5.75" x 9", pp vi, 124. Rebound in modern printed wrappers. Minor marginal staining, else fine. Hayden writes in the Prefatory Note that "the collection of photographic portraits of North American Indians described in the following catalogue is undoubtedly the largest and most valuable one extant. It has been made at great labor and expense, during a period of about 25 years, and now embraces over 1000 negatives, representing no less than twenty-five tribes....its value for ethnological purposes cannot be over-estimated.” The catalogue records 1094 photographs taken by Jackson in the course of his work as expedition photographer for the U.S. Geological Survey, providing details of "all the information we have been able to obtain of the various individuals and scenes represented" and thus offers much historical information as well as an important reference for Native American photographs.
New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, 1888. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 7" x 10.5," pp , viii, 143.  ads, illustrated with 32 wood engravings and ten tipped-in specimen heliograms. Original maroon cloth, lightly bumped at the corner. Initials stamped on front free endpaper, old bookseller's label (W. & L.E. Gurley, Troy, NY) on rear pastedown, else unmarked and sound. Preface: "An abundance of excellent works on photography already exist, but, as far as the author is aware, there is no book in the English language which is adapted to the special use fo the Engineer, the Architect, and the Draughtsman, who may wish to employ heavenly light as a copying clerk....Parts of the following pages have been gathered from periodicals, portions are taken from standard works on photography, chemistry, and physics...[but] a great deal is original with the author. A large number of the formulas given have been practiced by him for many years." Includes very detailed information and formulas for a variety of processes (silver print, blue print, iron salt, chromium salt, etc).
London: Robert Hardwicke, . Hardcover. Good. 4.25" x 6.25", pp xvi, 76, . Original rust cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Remnant of label on upper spine, bookplate and several stamps from the Library of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia. Otherwise clean and sound. A highly detailed manual, intended "to supply a want at present much felt in photography; for although there are many cleverly written and most useful manuals on the subject, young photographers and tourists complain that, having purchased an apparatus, there is no book by the assistance of which alone they can start of their journeyings, and without further instructions rely on taking pictures in the field."
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 5" x 7.25", 112 pp, indexed, with two folding plates, many additional illustrations in the text. Ex-Massachusetts State Library, with related markings. Else clean and sound. The author was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps who had used photography for mapping purposes in the far west and Central America and later trained officers on photographic technique. This manual was prepared "to explain in as simple, nontechnical language as possible such of the operations of photography as will prove of value for military purposes." Chapters cover the basics of light and lenses, development, printing, cameras and exposure, enlarging, "photographic topography," and the preparation of cameras for field work.
Philadelphia and New York: M.A. Root; J.B. Lippincott; D. Appleton & Co, 1864. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 5" x7.5", pp xviii, 456, illustrated with engravings, portraits. Publisher's brown cloth, rebacked with original spine laid down. Some damage to title page, all else very good and sound. Hannavy: "At the height of his career in thr 1850s, Marcus Aurelius Root was one of America's preeminent dauguerreotypists....[He] was also one of the prolific and influential writers on photography of his era, contributing numerous articles on both the art and profession of photography to the journals of the period...The Camera and the Pencil remains a major source on the theory and practice of photography in America in the 19th century [and] includes the first history of American photography ever written."
Frankfort-on-Main [sic]: Schleussner Dry Plate Company. Softcover. Good. Undated, c. 1900. 5" x 7.25", 96 pp, with 14 (of 15) plates showing the effects of different photographic techniqqes and processes. Original printed wrappers, lightly edgeworn, occasional marginal annotation. the world's first photographic materials manufacturer. Carl Schleussner was a chemist who conducted pioneering work on the wet-collodion process and made improvements to the dry plate that allowed it to be successfully manufactured industrially to high quality standards. His company began manufacturing photographic supplies in 1860. This work, which was printed in England, offers detailed, well-illustrated instruction and forumlas for the dry plate process (including making lantern slides), and also comments briefly on stereoscopic photography and photo-micrography. Not found in OCLC, one copy in KVK.
London and New York: Piper & Carter and Scovill Manufacturing Company, 1882. Softcover. Good. 35 pp. Front wrapper present but detached, with chipping and an inventory number. Ex-Camera Club Library, with their stamp on several pages. Text otherwise clean and sound. A series of twelve lessons aimed at the amateur with limited technical knowledge. Covers selection of apparatus, chemicals, development, lenses, management of the camera in the field, defects and remedies, varnishing the negative, making gelatine emulsion.
London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Low & Searle, 1876. Hardcover. Good. First English edition. 6" x 7.25", pp xvi, 326, 14 (ads); errata slip tipped in. Illustrated with woodcuts and engravings. Original dark red cloth, rebacked, with most of original spine laid down. Retains original endpapers, which are printed with additional advertisements. Moderate edgewear. Binding sound, contents clean. Tissandier was a chemist, journalist, and amateur photographer. This work provides a useful survey of the history of photography to date, followed by instruction on creating a studio, preparing plates, printing, enlarging, etc, as well as the practical applications of photography in art, astronomy, microscopy, and other fields.