Preface to the Ninth Edition

This textbook on photography and imaging has probably the longest publishing history of any in the field, in any language. The first edition was written by C. H. Bothamley and originally published in 1890 by Ilford Limited of London as The Ilford Manual of Photography. This version went through many printings and revisions for some forty years, until an edited revision by George E. Brown was produced in the mid-1930s and began the tradition of using multiple specialist authors. The official second edition was published in 1942 and edited by James Mitchell, also of Ilford Limited. Third and fourth editions followed quickly in 1944 and 1949 respectively.

Under the editorship of Alan Horder the fifth edition was published ...

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