NY: Scovil Manufacturing Company, 1871-1885, 1887-88, 1891-1900, 1902-05. First editions. 8vo. and 4tos., variable paginations, occasional mounted photographs and photogravure plates. A long but broken run of 30 complete volumes and additional loose issues as follows: Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1871 through Vol. 2, No. 24, December 1872 are loose issues with new wrappers, housed in a cloth clamshell box. Vol. 3, No. 25, January 1873 through Vol. 14, No. 168, December 1884 are newly bound in 6 red cloth volumes. Vol. 15, Nos. 175, 180, and 181 are loose in a cloth chemise. Vols. 17, 18, 21 through 32, 34, and 35 are bound in calf and cloth or marbled paper over boards, and Vols. 36 and 37 are bound in red cloth. A cloth clamshell box houses 4 loose issues: Vol. 33, No. 5; Vol. 38, No.4; Vol. 39, No. 1; and, Vol. 41, No. 5. Several issues are ex-library with either a bookplate or stamps on the margin or into a corner of a plate. A few hinges are rubbed. Very good. Item #29832
Initially, this journal was geared to the professional photographer as would be expected, since it was published by the Scovil Manufacturing Co.; the articles mirrored their concerns. Reviews and reports from photographic societies were a regular feature. First edited by Edward Wilson, the editorship transferred to John Thraill Taylor, who enlarged the scope in 1880, when it became THE PHOTOGRAPHIC TIMES AND AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER. By 1882, an original mounted photograph was inserted, and in 1887, the size was increased to a large quarto, and fine photomechanical illustrations began appearing. It was becoming the preeminent American journal.
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC TIMES was first published in 1871 as a supplement of THE PHILADELPHIA PHOTOGRAPHER. It absorbed THE AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER in 1879 to become THE PHOTOGRAPHIC TIMES AND AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER. In 1902, it merged with ANTHONY'S BULLETIN to form THE PHOTOGRAPHIC TIMES BULLETIN. This periodical is most commonly cited as "THE PHOTOGRAPHIC TIMES, Photographic Times Publishing Association.
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