London: Richard and John E. Taylor, 1840. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. vii, , 552 pp. 8vo. Recent brown three quarter leather bindings with five raised bands at spine, burgundy and black title patches with gold embossed titling, gold lines offsetting bands, marbled paper insets to front and rear boards. Clean within. Fine.
First printing of an early, important paper explaining the practical application of Louis Daguerre's process of early photography that resulted in what we now refer to as the daguerreotype. Draper is credited with taking both the first recognizable photograph of the face of a woman (his sister, Dorothy Catherine Draper) as well as a photograph of the moon.