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The Fine Art of Photography, ANDERSON, PAUL L.
1 ANDERSON, PAUL L. The Fine Art of Photography

ANDERSON, PAUL L. The Fine Art of Photography, Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1919. Octavo, first edition, pp. 315, printed boards, color frontispiece, halftone plates, line drawings. A supplement to Anderson's 1917 work on pictorial photography, the present volume "pointing out the underlying principles of art, insofar as they can be applied to photography," the author says in the foreword. See Roosens-Salu 8541. Condition of this book: Very good with a few minor marks to the boards, images fine. 
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L'Institut, Journal General des Societes et Travaux scientifiques ..., ARNOULT, Eugene [editor].
2 ARNOULT, Eugene [editor]. L'Institut, Journal General des Societes et Travaux scientifiques ...

EUGENE ARNOULT [editor]. L'Institut, Journal General des Societes et Travaux scientifiques ..., 52 weekly issues, Nos. 262-313, Paris: 1839. Quarto, pp. 479, bound in marbled paper boards, quarter leather. These issues include the first reports of the spectacular developments in photography's miracle year of 1839, when Louis Daguerre's achievements in image-making were revealed to the world. Arnoult, founder, owner and editor of the journal, was probably in attendance at the Royal Science Academy meetings during the academy's discussions of Daguerre's work, although all articles in his journal are unsigned. The first article appeared on Jan. 10, reporting Academy Secretary Francois Arago's public revelation of Daguerre's discovery at an academy meeting three days earlier. This was screaming-headline news, presented in a few dry paragraphs before Arnoult moved on to the next item of academy business. "It is not necessary to insist on the many advantages of such a discovery," the journal said. This understated style was in keeping with Arnoult's efforts, outlined in the journal's 1833 prospectus, to remain detached from the news it was reporting. He referred to the day that electrified Paris -- the so-called Arago Event of Aug. 19, in which more than 500 people jammed the academy chambers while at least as many waited outside -- as an "unaccustomed" occurrence. His report appeared Aug. 22, well in advance of the academy's own Comptes rendus. He noted that Daguerre showed up with some of his images but was unable to speak because of a sore throat, so Arago made the presentation. Summarizing Arago's speech, Arnoult here gives a history of the chain of progress that began with Niepce's work years earlier and culminated with the first daguerreotypes. Other articles here that will interest photography historians: -- A Jan. 17 discussion of silver chloride as the light-sensitive agent on the photographic plate. -- A Feb. 14 discussion of the difference between Daguerre's images and the "sun pictures" of William Henry Fox Talbot. Talbot's letter to the Academy appears in the journal of Feb. 28. -- July 25 publication of the pension awarded to Daguerre and Isidore Niepce in exchange for public rights to the daguerreian process. Also in this issue, the role of Wedgwood and Humphry-Davy. -- Nov. 14 report on Hippolyte Bayard's paper process using silver nitrate. In all, the index lists 26 articles on photography, making this book a landmark photographic incunable. The photographic literature has failed to take note of Arnoult and his journal, and the only serious student to recognize it is the dealer-collector Stephan Loewentheil, who donated his copy to Cornell as part of the Loewentheil History of Photography Collection. A few other copies are hidden inside multi-decade runs of Arnoult's journal stored at institutions in Europe and the U.S. At this writing, my copy is apparently the only one available in the marketplace. Provenance: Rubberstamps identify this book as from the library of Jean-Louis Armand de Quatrefages de Breau, a professor of natural history and anthropology, sold by his wife two months after his death in 1892. (Each issue also is marked by Timbre Royal Seine tax stamps.) Condition of this book: Very good with a few spots of discoloring and foxing inside. The boards are rubbed at the edges, very good and sound. Five leaves are not properly trimmed at their corners. 
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Travels Comprising Observations Made During a Residence in the Tarentaise ..., BAKEWELL, R.
3 BAKEWELL, R. Travels Comprising Observations Made During a Residence in the Tarentaise ...

BAKEWELL, R. Travels Comprising Observations Made During a Residence in the Tarentaise ..., in 2 volumes, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823. Octavo, first editions, pp. 8 (ads), xvi, 381, 3 hand-colored aquatints; vii, 447, 1 color plate (frontispiece), contemporary three-quarter maroon calf over maroon cloth, gilt lettering inside 4 of 5 spine compartments, rehinged with added endpages to repair cracked joints, edges untrimmed. Provenance: from the collection of the mountaineer Vernon Howard, with his bookplates on the front pastedowns; title pages have inadequately erased notes identifying the books as from the library of the Governor's Company (a bank in Ireland). Written as a report on geology but also to entertain English readers who, the author says, rarely if ever visit the parts of Europe covered here. In addition to the Tarentaise, the title mentions the Grecian and Pennine Alps, Switzerland and Auvergne. See Abbey Travel 56 and Tooley 75. Tooley paginates the 4 color plates differently from those in the present set, but all are intact here. Condition of these books: Good and sound with scattered dusty stains as if from fingerprints, but generally clean, very little foxing. 
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Kodak Sketches of Two Little Girls, A Story Book for Children, BALDWIN, Emma Cockrell.
4 BALDWIN, Emma Cockrell. Kodak Sketches of Two Little Girls, A Story Book for Children

BALDWIN, EMMA COCKRELL. Kodak Sketches of Two Little Girls, A Story Book for Children, Boston: Idea Co., 1900. Octavo, priority unknown to me, pp. 167, gray cloth boards with silver-stamped lettering on spine, red, black and silver stamped illustration on upper panel, halftone photos. An early use of photos in a children's book, and one of Kodak's endless attempts to spread photography into a mass market. Very scarce -- OCLC locates four in institutional libraries. Condition of this book: Boards spotted and stained, upper panel illustration flaking. Leaves clean, spine no longer tight, with two hinge cracks (front hinge inexpertly repaired with clear tape), images fine. 
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Photographs of Edinburgh, BALLANTYNE, R.M.
5 BALLANTYNE, R.M. Photographs of Edinburgh

BALLANTYNE, R.M. Photographs of Edinburgh by Archibald Burns, Glasgow et al: Andrew Duthie et al., no date (1868, according to British Library). Octavo, priority unknown to me, pp. 84, 3 (ads), green cloth boards with gilt lettering inside gilt border to upper panel, 12 plates with albumen prints by Archibald Burns, measuring about 8x10cm. "Burns was based in Edinburgh between 1858, when he is first recorded as a member of the Photographic Society of Scotland, and his death in the early 1880s. Burns made his living principally from selling stock-images of Edinburgh for the burgeoning tourist market. He also provided photographs to illustrate books of Edinburgh," says the website of the National Library of Scotland. OCLC locate copies at 7 U.S. libraries, many more at U.K. and Canadian institutions, but it is scarce in the marketplace. Duthie published various books like this, including "Photographs of Dublin" in 1867. Condition of this book: Boards darkened, rubbed at edges, cloth is bubbling in spots. Leaves also darkened in spots, some of the photos are loose (but present), some have glue stains. The Knox House photo shown below is probably the worst of them. 
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Esthetique de la Photographie, BOURGEOIS, M. Paul [editor].
6 BOURGEOIS, M. Paul [editor]. Esthetique de la Photographie

BOURGEOIS, M. PAUL [editor]. Esthetique de la Photographie, Paris: Photo-Club de Paris, 1900. Folio, first edition, pp. 96, 6 (tables), 14 plates, original wrappers, rebound in blue cloth with decorative marbled paper on front and back, gilt lettering and decoration on spine with brown morocco label, regal bookplate on front pastedown, gift inscription on flyleaf. The Eastman House's "Imagining Paradise" says this book "can be considered the manifesto of the pictorialist movement in France. (p. 205)." It is an illustrated series of essays by members of the photo club including Demachy and Puyo, with gravures and halftones. "Two gravure plates are printed by Dujardin -- one work each by the uncontested masters Demachy and Puyo." The layout is an imaginative art-deco design with halftones in text. All text in French. Also see Roosens-Salu 8516. Condition of this book: Very good with wear at extremities, original paper front cover is loose but present, Puyo gravure shows minor flaking. 
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Mexico, BRUEHL, Anton
7 BRUEHL, Anton Mexico

BRUEHL, ANTON. Mexico, New York: Delphic Studios, 1933. Folio, Copy No. 1 of an edition limited to 1,000, unpaginated with 25 collotype plates, tan linen boards quarter-bound in black morocco, rebacked, slipcased. Parr & Badger, V.1, p. 81: "The images are close in style to those made by Paul Strand in Mexico in 1932-4, although Bruehl's pictures do not display the sense of suffering that colors much of Strand's work. ... The book is an interesting demonstration of the kind of formalist modernism that does not even pretend to make any social analysis of what is being photographed." Scarce. Condition of this book: Slipcase repaired, fine, preserving original graphics. A few small chips in front lettering, images fine. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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Six Months’ Residence and Travels in Mexico, BULLOCK, W.,
8 BULLOCK, W., Six Months’ Residence and Travels in Mexico

BULLOCK, W. Six Months’ Residence and Travels in Mexico, London: John Murray, 1824. Octavo, first edition, pp. xii, 532, plus 15 aquatint plates (four hand-colored costume plates, 11 plates of landscape and seascape views), folding frontis (View of the City and Valley of Mexico), two folding maps, folding table (distances between cities and towns), contemporary marbled paper-covered boards half-bound in black calf, rebacked with dark green calf with a lighter green label, gilt lettering and rules. Very good with former owner’s name inked onto free front endpaper, boards rubbed at extremities, scattered light to moderate foxing. See Sabin 9140, Abbey 666, Palau 37059. Sabin says, “This author was the first English traveler in Mexico since Father Gage, in 1640, to write an account of his travels,” but this is open to question. In any case, the illustration is important and interesting, showing a plan for the City of Mexico based on the map made by Garcia Conde. Bullock was certainly an unusual travel writer, as not only does he describe the daily life and interesting features of the country, but also how he took control of a silver mine in Themascaltepec. 
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Mexico South, The Isthmus of Tehuantepec, COVARRUBIAS, Miguel,
9 COVARRUBIAS, Miguel, Mexico South, The Isthmus of Tehuantepec

COVARRUBIAS, MIGUEL. Mexico South, The Isthmus of Tehuantepec, New York: Knopf, 1946. Large octavo, first edition, pp. (xxviii), 427, 8 (Indian languages glossary), (viii -- index), plus 96 plates of halftone photos and 7 color plates including frontis, trifold color map, illustrated black and pink cloth boards, top edge dyed olive, other edges untrimmed. Very good (age toning, front hinge starting) with very good dust jacket (edge wear, a small crease). Extensive documentation of past ways of life. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Scribner's for February, Designer unknown
10 Designer unknown Scribner's for February

Designer unknown, advertising poster for Scribner's Magazine, February 1904. Measuring about 14.5x22 inches or 37x56cm, with linen back adding 2 inches or 5 cm to all margins. The magazine was known for using various artists to create its advertising posters. Like most of the Scribner series, this image is a classic Art Nouveau work and hard to find on the market. Condition of this print: Fine with professionally repaired edge chips, wrinkles and tears. Colors bright. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Little Dorrit, DICKENS, Charles.
11 DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit

DICKENS, CHARLES. Little Dorrit in five parts, New York: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1856. Quarto, 6 magazine issues bound, Jan. 1855 through May 1856, pp. viii, 864, original black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and upper panel and blind-stamped floral decoration, engraved illustrations. Contains the original American printing of the novel Little Dorrit, which first appeared in book form in Britain in 1857. The British serial release began in December 1855, a month before the present series started. The illustrations here are unsigned but they appear to be the work of Phiz (Hablot Browne). Also in this Harper's volume is a short article by Dickens called "A Nightly Scene in London," and a two part description of Commodore Perry's visit to Japan and China. Condition of this book: Both joints cracked, losses at spine ends, extremities rubbed, interior very good but with a musty odor that likely will fade with dry storage, images fine. 
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A Midsummer Drive Through the Pyrenees, DIX, Edwin Asa.
12 DIX, Edwin Asa. A Midsummer Drive Through the Pyrenees

DIX, EDWIN ASA [Augustus]. A Midsummer Drive Through the Pyrenees, London and New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1890. Octavo, early printing, likely the first, but priority uncertain to me, pp. 332, double-p map, green cloth quarter-bound in darker green cloth, gilt-stamped lettering and decoration on spine, black lettering on upper panel above gilt-stamped coach-and-four on a mountain road, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, half-tone photo plates and drawn illustrations in text, halftone frontis. First book from Dix, who is possibly better known for his biography of Champlain. Condition of this book: Boards lightly worn with a few marks and stains (nothing offensive). Free front endpaper splitting along spine but still attached, frontis and its tissue guard scratched but image untouched, all images fine. Former owner's name penciled on flyleaf. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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5 Zurich prints, Editions Photoglob, Schroeder & Cie.
13 Editions Photoglob, Schroeder & Cie. 5 Zurich prints

Editions Photoglob, Schroeder & Cie. 5 mounted prints, Zurich, undated (1890s). 27x20.5cm on heavy cardboard mounts measuring 36x28, collotypes captioned in the negatives, showing Bahnhof, Tonhalle, theater, with outdoor views. Schroeder was a professional photographer with a studio in Zurich. He worked from the 1870s through the 1890s, specializing in topography of Austria, Egypt and Switzerland (see Gary Edwards' International Guide to Nineteenth-Century Photographers). Condition of these prints: Mounts are a bit wavy, images fine. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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Romola, ELIOT, George.
14 ELIOT, George. Romola

ELIOT, GEORGE. Romola in two volumes, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1863. Duodecimo, pp. 389 with 14 photo plates; 375 with 13 photo plates, elaborately decorated vellum boards with red morocco labels on spines and red morocco decorative panels on upper and lower boards, silk endpages with fleur-de-lis pattern, red ribbon bookmarks bound in, all edges red. The photos are albumen prints showing street scenes, landscapes, interiors and artworks. They measure more or less 5x3.5 inches (13x9cm). A former owner labeled many of the plates on their verso. Text in English. See CBEL 3rd ed., V.4, 1284. Popular Victorian writer sets a novel in Florence, no doubt contributing to the allure of Italy for the English. Condition of these books: Boards lightly worn with some soiling. Leaves tight with light soiling, images very good. Overall very good. 
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Birds Beasts and Fishes of the Norfolk Broadland, EMERSON, P.H.
15 EMERSON, P.H. Birds Beasts and Fishes of the Norfolk Broadland

EMERSON, P.H. Birds Beasts and Fishes of the Norfolk Broadland, London: David Nutt, 1895. Octavo, first edition, pp. xix, 396, 3 (Opinions of the Press), blue-green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, green lettering and labeling on upper panel with image of three swimming ducks, halftone photos by T.A. Cotton. Former owners' names and bookseller ticket on pastedowns. It is sad to note that Emerson, one of the greatest photographers of the 19th century, did not take the pictures, as he had given up on photography as an art by this time. See the Eastman House's Imagining Paradise, p. 194: "Depicts the Norfolk coastal landscape as a holistic ecosystem and in a sense parallels Emerson's first book about the region, Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads. ... He constantly cites his own observations as a basis of contradicting expert consensus." Condition of this book: Spine sunned, edges lightly worn, images fine. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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S.S. Manhattan arrives in New York Harbor, Fairchild Aerial Surveys
16 Fairchild Aerial Surveys S.S. Manhattan arrives in New York Harbor

FAIRCHILD AERIAL SURVEYS, S.S. Manhattan arrives in New York Harbor, undated (1932). 15x19.5 inches or 38x50cm, gelatin silver print, framed under glass on its original mount, Fairchild credit in the negative, labeled on the mount. The background provides a beautifully clear view of the lower Manhattan skyline, with the long-gone aquarium in Battery Park at right center (the round building). The ship was launched in 1931, at the outset of the Depression, and was considered an expensive gamble on the part of its owner, United States Lines. As the label says, at the time of their construction, the Manhattan and its sister ship, the Washington, were the largest liners ever built in the U.S. According to Wikipedia, the Manhattan served trans-Atlantic routes and during World War II was a troop ship, being scrapped after the war. Condition of this print" A few areas of foxing in the sky, faint silvering to the dark areas around the hull, overall very good. 
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Sketches of America, A Narrative of a Journey of Five Thousand Miles Through the Eastern and Western States, FEARON, Henry B.
17 FEARON, Henry B. Sketches of America, A Narrative of a Journey of Five Thousand Miles Through the Eastern and Western States

FEARON, HENRY BRADSHAW. Sketches of America, A Narrative of a Journey of Five Thousand Miles Through the Eastern and Western States, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1819. Octavo, third edition (first was 1818), xv, 454, modern maroon cloth rebinding preserving original calf backstrip, gilt-stamped lettering on spine, preliminary leaves browned and brittle, interior very good and sound. See Sabin 23956, Howes F65, Oak Knoll Afro Americana (2nd ed.) 795. "Unflattering picture of the western frontier" (Howes). Fearon's book consists of reports addressed to 39 English families who were considering moving to America. 
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Travels in America, FIBBLETON, George [Asa Greene].
18 FIBBLETON, George [Asa Greene]. Travels in America

FIBBLETON, GEORGE [Asa Greene]. Travels in America, New York: William Pearson, 1833. 12mo, first edition, pp. 216, original purple cloth boards (new browned). The author claimed to be "Ex-Barber to His Majesty" but was actually a physician who became a bookseller, according to Sabin 28585. See also Howes G376. This book is a satire on Isaac Fidler's "Travels in America," reporting on such absurd spectacles as swine-pulled stagecoaches on Broadway in New York. Condition of this book: Ex-library, boards worn, losses at spine ends, upper panel missing a small chunk of cloth. Leaves clean and tight, not much foxing. 
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Poems of Childhood, FIELD, Eugene
19 FIELD, Eugene Poems of Childhood

FIELD, EUGENE. Poems of Childhood, New York: Scribner's, undated (1920s). Large octavo, expanded edition with added poetry, pp. x, 199, black cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine and Maxfield Parrish illustration mounted on front, 8 illustrated plates by Parrish. This edition was an expansion of the 1904 first edition, with added poetry by Mary French Field and Julia Sutherland Field. The surreal endpage illustrations -- with a boy battling a giant who is riding an apparently cooked red lobster -- are retained here, as are all the other Parrish illustrations. Condition of this book: Chunk missing from lower corner of Parrish illustration mounted on dust jacket; overall the jacket is fair with stains and chips at the edges. It's all protected under Brodart. The book is near fine with minor rubbing at extremities and ordinary age-toning; Parrish plates fine. 
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Curso de economia politica, FLORES ESTRADA, Alvaro,
20 FLORES ESTRADA, Alvaro, Curso de economia politica
FLORES ESTRADA, ALVARO. Curso de economia politica, 4th edition, corrected, octavo, Caracas: George Corser, 1840, pp. [2], iv, 593, [1], [2], index (the last leaf of the index is lacking) contemporary sheep binding with gilt decoration and gilt lettering on spine. Text in Spanish. Occasional worm holes along the spine, hinges cracked, boards rubbed and chipped, moderate to heavy foxing begins at page 347 and continues through the end; still, a good copy of a scarce text. The author (1766-1853) wrote on political economy as well as Spain and its relations with the Western Hemisphere nations and colonies. The present book is the only New World edition, although at least seven editions were printed in Europe starting in 1828. OCLC locates 3 copies. 
Price: 340.00 USD
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