NY: Seely & Garbanati, 1858-1867. First editions. 8vos., variable paginations. 9 volumes as follows: Vol.1, 1858-59; Vol. 2, 1859-60; Vol. 3, 1860-61; Vol. 4, 1861-62; Vol. 5, 1862-63; Vol. 6, 1863-64; Vol. 7, 1864-65; Vol. 8, 1865-66; Vol. 9, 1866-67. Newly bound in quarter gray cloth with gray paper over boards, top edge gilded. Occasional woodcut illustrations, with one albumen portrait appearing in Vol. 3 (1860-61), Vol. 5 (1862-63), and Vol. 4 (1861-62), which contains an albumen portrait as well as a subminiature albumen portrait and a subminiature salted paper photograph of 3 views of a wooden box camera for making subminiature images in series. In Vol. 9 (1866-67) is an example of a photolithograph by the Osborne process. Patent Office copies, with neat ink stamps in each volume. Item #29806
The American Journal of Photography began publication in New York City as the American Journal of Photography and the Allied Arts and Sciences in 1852. The journal was founded by Charles A. Seely, professor of analytical chemistry at the New York Medical School, who had also worked at Scientific American before starting the journal. Henry Garbanati, Seely's partner in the photographic chemical business, and a fellow member of the American
Photographical Society, joined him as publisher in 1859. Seely edited the journal until 1867.
The biweekly journal had a wide subscribership beyond New York City and drew correspondence from readership of amateurs and commercial photographers across the United States. In 1859, the journal began publishing the minutes of the American Photographical Society; it shared the concerns of the society's founders, among them chemist and physician John W. Draper, his son, astronomer and photographer Henry C. Draper, Henry Hunt Snelling (publisher of The Photographic and Fine Arts Journal) commercial photographer Abraham Bogardus, astrophysicist and astronomer Lewis M. Rutherford (who first photographed the moon in 1858), Peter Cooper, founder of Cooper Institute, and Robert MacFarlane, editor of Scientific American, primarily with science and photographic chemistry.
Articles explaining and evaluating photographic chemistry complete with chemical formulae fill the journal. The journal regularly reported on and evaluated photographic trade manuals published in the U.S. and abroad, with several excerpted or serialized in the journal. The journal relied on reprints and excepts from other publications, reprinting commentaries and lectures from British and French publications." Excerpted from the article by Andrea L Volpe in the Encyclopedia of 19th Century Photography.
Publication history: 1852 - 1857 (first series); 1858 - 1867 (new series); absorbed by Humphrey's Journal of Photography at the end of 1867, which in turn ceased publication in 1870. WorldCat locates 8 locations, several of which are incomplete holdings.
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