[ Philadelphia ]: [ Benerman & Wilson ], 1865. First Edition. Disbound. Poor. First Edition. [iii]-86, 105-204 pages. 8vo. Disbound and Incomplete. Volume II usually contains 12 issues - Jan through December inclusive. This copy is lacking the volume title leaf, the June issue (pages 87-104), and pages 204-208 of the December issue. The May and September frontipieces are also missing, leaving a total 9 of 12 albumen photographic frontispieces present. January frontispiece loose. Two leaves (pp 122-124) were previously torn out. One is taped back in, the other is loose. Boards detached but present. Spine glue-glazed. Occasional notes (one penned at head of Contents page, the others pencilled, mostly at base of photographic mounts). Disbound. This important photographic serial began with vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1864) and ceased with vol. 25, no. 336 (Dec. 15, 1888). Especially the early issues (as here) have much discussion of early photographic processes and experiences. Authors include M. Carey Lea, Albert R. Leeds, W. Mac Nichol, Rev. A. A. E. Taylor, Coleman Sellers, Rev. H. J. Morton, James Moran, etc. The "Embellishments" are albumen photographs, one per issue, by various photographers. Photographers represented in this volume are J. Carbutt (Deer Park, Illinois and Starved Rock, Illinois), J. C. Browne (Study from Nature, near Tacony, PA (2 examples), Crum Creek, and finally Portrait and Landscape Study). Also J. D. Seargent with "Falls on the Nipissiguit River", Leviy & Cohen with "Burnt District, Richmond, VA", and Wenderoth, Taylor and Brown with Portraits.Even with all faults, a rare serial with nice representations of early photographers.
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