Philadelphia: Benerman & Wilson, 1866 - 1901. First editions. 12mos., variable paginations, illustrations. 35 issues, the complete publication. The first 25 years are bound in 8 volumes of quarter morocco and cloth with gilt titles and rules on spine, there is wear at the hinges of the first 6 volumes due to dry leather, with one board partially detached; plus 10 years in original printed wrappers, and 2 volume are bound in cloth. Previous owner's neat bookplate, bookbinders sticker on pastedown of the first 8 volumes. Very good. Item #29122
Erroneously stated as commencing publication in 1864, this serial publication actually began in 1866. We are offering a rare and complete run, 1866-1901, of an annual publication that was part of the Wilson Company photographic concern. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC NEWS gives the following description of PHOTOGRAPHIC MOSAICS in April 1867: "The yearly collection in a handy volume of the most important articles which have appeared in the photographic journals is a great boon to photographers. Our esteemed friend, Mr. Wilson, Editor of THE PHILADELPHIA PHOTOGRAPHER, and his very able colleague, Mr. Carey Lea, have in their MOSAICS, just issued, not only issued a most judicious selection from various sources (always duly acknowledged), but they have presented the reader with some very valuable original articles besides. Altogether, this is one of the most valuable little volumes issued from the photographic press. Its circulation in America is, we understand, very large." Contributors include: H.P. Robinson, G.W. Wilson, Jabez Hughes, Edward L. Wilson, William Notman, John Towler, G. Wharton Simpson, Kilburn Brothers, H.H. Snelling. John Carbutt, Abraham Bogardus, George B. Ayers, E.M. Estabrook, H. Vogel, A. Hesler, H.B. Hillyer, Charlotte Adams, W.I. Lincoln Adams, William Bell, J. Pritcher Spooner, Leon Vidal, William H. Rau, Edward Bierstadt, C. Piazzi Smyth, W.H. Burbank, E.J. Wall, Catherine Weed Barnes, and Alfred Stieglitz, et al.
Beginning with the issue for 1887, each volume contained a frontispiece or small portfolio from photographs.