NY: W.A. Townsend & Co., 1859. Johnson, Eastman. First edition. Folio,  pp., with 12 mounted cliché-verre, on albumen paper, each with an accompanying leaf of poetry and tissue guard; a.e.g. Bound in the publisher's original gilt-titled cloth. Slight chipping at the spine ends and tips, which has been expertly restored. Endpapers have a few spots of soiling. A superior copy. Housed in a newly made clamshell box of cloth with printed labels. Item #29933
This is the first published collection of American examples of the cliché-verre process; the use of drawing or painting on glass which was then used as a negative to make positive photographic prints. This process was popularized in France by Corot, and later used by other artists including Paul Klee. In the first three pages, the author outlines, in detail, his process, with his own improvements for rendering detail in skies and distant backgrounds.
The photographic printing was performed by P.C. Duchochois. Facing each print is a complimentary selection of poetry by F.S. Cozzens, J.G. Whittier, J.R. Lowell, W.C. Bryant, T. Buchanan Read, Bayard Taylor, H.W. Longfellow, et al. The prints are THE POOL by Asher B. Durand; THE PURITAN by Emmanuel Leutze; AUTUMN by J.F. Kensett; NOON by F.O.C. Darley; THE LAKE by J.W. Casilear; THE WIGWAM by Eastman Johnson; SPRING by S.R. Gifford; CHILDHOOD by G.C. Lambdin; WINTER by George Boughton; THE SEA-SHORE by W.P.W. Dana; THE TROPICS by L.R. Mignot, and THE EXILES by J.W. Ehninger.
Roosens and Salu No. 1939.