Very Rare A.L.S. of Hamilton Smith
Noted astronomer and Photographic Pioneer who patented the Tintype in the United States
SMITH, Hamilton (1819-1903). American scientist, photographer, and astronomer. In 1848 Smith wrote “The World”, one of the first science textbooks written in America. He is best known as a Photograph Pioneer for patenting the tintype photographic process, which popularized photography in America. He patented the great America tintype on February 19, 1856. Between 1853 and 1868 he was Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. Smith built the largest telescope in the United States, and he became in charge at Yale Observatory. Very rare autograph letter signed, four very full pages to Tuffen West, artist of the microscopic, naturalist, and populiser of microscopy. Gambier, Ohio, Nov. 22, n.y.
One small hand drawn illustration, 8”x5” in good condition. His correspondent was an engraver. Letter refers to Smith’s studies of fresh water Diatomaceae and his drawings to be published by the Smithsonian, and suggesting exchanges of microscopic slides, hoping his correspondent can provide information on authentic specimens. He writes much more technical information. At the top of page one, he squeezes two more lines, signed with his initials. A museum piece .........$475.00