New York: Harper & Brothers, 1845.
Hardcover. Good+. Second edition (first published 1844). 4to, pp. xi, 108, 216, with coloured frontispiece and three plates (one double-page) containing 136 figures. Original brown cloth boards show moderate wear and soiling, spine cloth dulled. Hinges a bit wobbly, some foxing to endpapers and Plat I but generally sound and clean. Cuban bookseller's label (Libreria Estrangera, Habana) on front pastedown. 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.