London: Piper & Carter, 1858 - 1908. First editions. 4tos., variable paginations, occasional photographic illustrations and line drawings. 53 volumes, the complete publication: 24 volumes newly bound in cloth; 29 volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume contains all 52 issues published that year. Several volumes have ownership signatures or stamps. Complete and very good. Item #29571
A complete run of this esteemed publication which commenced in 1858 as a weekly and ceased upon merging with the AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER in May, 1908 to form THE AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHER AND PHOTOGRAPHIC NEWS.
Edited by W. Crookes, et al. Among the contributors were; M. Guignet, Thomas Gulliver, C. Jabez Hughes, H. Hurst, Farindon Lane, Mathew Carey Lea, T.A. Malone, R. Mason, George Price, Henry Peach Robinson, A.W. Vogel, William Henry Fox Talbot, et al.
In issue No.10, 12 November 1858, W. H. Fox Talbot presents to the world his first photoglyph, or photogravure. In order to facilitate the inclusion of a photoglyph in each issue, seven different plates and prints were produced, and only the top of each run, was used; this would allow the highest quality prints to be included in each issue. This was a clever marketing scheme, since it encouraged the readers to seek out different prints by buying several issues.
The first 9 volumes bear the signature of J(ames) B(ooker) B(lake) Wellington, 1858 - 1939, an English scientist and photographer. He worked with George Eastman in New York before becoming a director at Kodak and later he set up his own photographic materials and publishing company, Wellington & Ward. He was a member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood. These volumes subsequently have the stamp on the front free endpaper of Ilford Limited, Rodenside Laboratory. A few volumes bear the stamp on the foredge and endpapers of the British Patent Office. A complete run of this publication is rare. WorldCat locates fewer than 15 complete runs.
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