American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype
by Samuel D. Humphrey

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AMERICAN HAND BOOK OF THE DAGUERREOTYPE

GIVING THE MOST APPROVED AND CONVENIENT METHODS FOR PREPARING
THE CHEMICALS, AND THE COMBINATIONS USED IN THE ART.

CONTAINING THE DAGUERREOTYPE, ELECTROTYPE, AND VARIOUS OTHER PROCESSES
EMPLOYED IN TAKINGHELIOGRAPHIC IMPRESSIONS.

BY S. D. HUMPHREY

FIFTH EDITION

NEW YORK: PUBLISHED BY S. D. HUMPHREY
37 LISPENARD STREET
1858



Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by
S. D. HUMPHREY, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court
of the Southern District of New York.


To J. GURNEY, WHOSE PROFESSIONAL SKILL, SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY,
AND ENERGETIC PERSEVERANCE, HAVE WON FOR HIM UNIVERSAL ESTEEM,
THIS WORK IS MOST RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED.



PREFACE.

There is not an Amateur or practical Daguerreotypist, who has
not felt the want of a manual--Hand Book, giving concise
and reliable information for the processes, and preparations
of the Agents employed in his practice.

Since portraits by the Daguerreotype are at this time believed
to be more durable than any other style of "Sun-drawing,"
the author has hit upon the present as being an appropriate
time for the introduction of the Fifth Edition of this work.
The earlier edition having a long since been wholly;
exhausted, the one now before you is presented.

The endeavor has been to point out the readiest and most
approved Methods of Operation, and condense in its pages;
as much practical information as its limits will admit.
An extended Preface is unnecessary, since the aim and scope
of this work are sufficiently indicated by the title.

S. D. HUMPHREY NEW YORK, 1858.



CONTENTS

CHAPTER I.

Polishing the Daguerreotype Plate--Buffing the Plate--Coating the Plate--
Exposure of the Plate in the Camera--Position Developing the Daguerreotype--
Exposure to Mercury--Removing the Coating--Gilding or fixing the Image--
Coloring Daguerreotype, . . . . . 18

CHAPTER II.

Coloring Back Grounds--Transparent ditto--Gilding Dissolvent--
Solution for removing Specks--Solarized Impression--To Purify Water--
Cleaning Mercury--Adhesive Paper--Black Stain for Apparatus--
Sealing Wax for Bottles--Rouge--Rotten Stone--Potassa Solution--
Hyposulphite Solution--Substitute for do.--Gilding Solution--
Solution for increasing the Brilliancy of the Daguerreotype--
Bleaching Solution;--Cold Gilding--Neutralizing Agents--
Buff Dryer--Keeping Buffs in order--Cleaning Buckskins--
Reflector for taking Views, . . . .52

CHAPTER III.