The Delaware Water Gap : Its Scenery, Its Legends, and Its Early History
by Brodhead, L. W. [ Luke Willis ]
Philadelphia: Sherman & Co. Printers, 1867. First Edition. Cloth. Very Good. First Edition. xii, -220 pages. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles and decorations in blind to the covers. Contains nine albumen photographs, each tissue guarded, and mounted on stiff cardstock. Photographs are presented in the style of half of a stereoview, each with red letterpress title at bottom, and red letterpress border. The preface documents the photographer, a Mr. Jesse A. Graves. Corners bumped, minor wear overall. With bookseller's ticket on front pastedown (Pippen's Book Store, Baltimore MD). A nice copy. Cloth. This copy contains nine albumen photographs: 1) Delaware Water Gap (frontis), 2) Eureka Falls (p.24), 3) Caldeno Falls (p. 29), 4) View from Lover's Leap (p. 33), 5) View from Sunset Hill (p. 48), 6) View from Lover's Retreat (p. 54), 7) Marshall's Falls (p. 74), 8) Bushkill Falls (p. 78), and 9) Falls of Winona (p. 126). At least one copy has been observed with a tenth photograph, found at page 187 (not present in this copy). As with many photographically illustrated books it is not uncommon to find them with varying numbers of photographs. The copy at the American Antiquarian Society, for instance, has nine albumen photographs as does the present copy. Harvard's copy has ten. Although we have not seen one in person, there may also exist examples with a map as well. A second enlarged edition from 1870 lacks the albumen photographs, but does include a color lithographed frontispiece.The last photograph in our example has a cancel caption with a printed caption pasted over the old caption and the image is somewhat different than the Harvard example. Perhaps a thorough examination of extant copies would provide some insight into the publishing history, and the when various "states" were printed.
(Inventory #: 25632)
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