1890s Beginner’s Guide To Photography Showing How To Buy A Camera And How To Use It.
1890s Beginner’s Guide To Photography Showing How To Buy A Camera And How To Use It, is an 1890s original book and not a 2019 reprint.
Written By ‘A Fellow Of The Chemical Society’
Published by Perken, Son & Rayment: approximately 1896-8, of 99 Hatton Garden and 141, Oxford Street, London. Perkens, founded in 1852, was known for its ‘Optimus’ brand of camera products, in particular cameras, lenses and magic lanterns. The company became Perken, Son & Company in 1899, which dates the book to pre 1899.
This small book is a real snapshot in the history of photography. It contains information on choice of cameras (lantern cameras are mentioned), photo lenses, development and fixing (using chemicals which are banned today and others, e.g hydroquinone, which are still in use), negative printing and enlargement.
Some of the adverts are wonderful, and I particularly love the letter to Messrs. Perken, Son & Rayment from Fridtjof Nansen: the Norwegian leader of the team that made the first crossing of the Greenland interior in 1888, traversing the island on cross-country skis; thanking them for their excellent workmanship and finish.
- Used Hardcover: 221 pages, 18 Chapters
- Author: Fellow Of The Chemical Society
- Publisher: Perken, Son & Rayment of 99 Hatton Garden and 141, Oxford Street, London.
- Book Condition: Fair
- Published in the 1890s. Fifth Edition
- Stained, Discoloured and Scuffed Red-orange cloth hardcover with black design and lettering.
- Spine ends and corners have wear and bumps
- Light foxing throughout,
- Interior has browned with age
- Approximate size: Crown Octavo (8vo) Height: 18.4cm x Width 12.3cm x Depth 1.1cm
A nice old pocket reference book for the book collector and Photographer.