Cincinnati and Louisville: Gatchel & Hyatt, 1872. Estabrook. First edition. Small 8vo., 200 pp.,  adverts, one (of two) original sample ferrotype portrait by the author, with printed paper overmat mounted to the reverse of the original printed yellow boards bound in a later binding of half morocco and marbled paper over boards, all edges marbled. Lacking the second ferrotype for which there is a printed overmat on the reverse of the rear printed yellow board. Very good. Item #30637
Over the years, I have examined and sold at least seven copies of this manual in the first and second editions - the only ones to contain original ferrotypes. In every instance, the ferrotype was inserted under a printed window overmat, and affixed directly to the front and/or rear board of the binding (the first edition contains two ferrotypes, the second edition only one.) This copy, although in a later binding, has printed yellow boards in the front and rear, to which the ferrotype is mounted on the reverse with a printed window overmat. The boards are on original tabs, and the front wrapper also serves as the title page (although there is evidence that a leaf is lacking where the title page would normally be.) I have never before encountered this variant, nor have I seen mention of it in all the years I have been cataloguing and selling photographic manuals. It may be assumed that this was a sample binding that was ultimately rejected as too delicate for distribution. Regretfully, this copy is lacking the second original ferrotype, which might not have been included in this sample binding.
A complete manual with formulary for making direct positives on enameled iron with collodion, similar to the ambrotype. The first book to contain original images on a base material other than paper. Every copy contains unique ferrotype portraits.
Roosens and Salu No. 3875.