American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype by Samuel Dwight Humphrey, 5th Ed. N.Y. 1858 (REPRINT)

American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype; Giving The Most Approved and Convenient Methods of Preparing the Chemicals,a nd the Combinations Used in the Art. Containing the Daguerreotype, Electrotype, and various other Processes Employed to taking Heliographic Impressions.

REPRINT, Laser-printed, softcover, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 214 pages.

Noting in the preface that the daguerreotype "at this time" is considered the most durable of the styles of "Sun-Drawings". Humphrey goes into great detail on the process. The first chapter takes the operator from polishing the daguerreotype plate through gilding of fixing the final image; including coloring; subsequent chapters deal with the specific chemicals and processes; use of bromine, iodine and various acids and accelerators; optics and lighting; and variety of hints and suggestions drawn from the best practitioners.
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