London: Photographic Institution, 1855. Delamotte, Philip H. Second edition, revised. 8vo, viii, 166 pp., (10) ads., Calotype print from a collodion negative frontispiece. Recased in the original gilt titled cloth with two small opened tears at the spine. The cloth shows chemical staining in a few places and on the foredge of the text. The title page and the mount of the frontispiece show foxing. The original owner, John M. Blake of New Haven has dated this in pencil, July 1 1858, with his pencil annotations in a few places in the text, as well as the rear endpapers. In all, a good copy of a very rare book, which is now housed in a newly made clamshell box of cloth, with paper title labels on the upper board and spine. Item #51177
The frontispiece, by the author, is a calotype print from the Egyptian display at the Crystal Palace,
Helmut Gernsheim fails to list this edition in INCUNABULA OF BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHIC LITERATURE 1839-1875 under item #18. Instead, he lists the U.S. Edition of 1854 as the second edition, a London 1856 as the third ed., and an 1857 as the third edition revised. He states that the first and third editions (1853 & 1856) are in the Gernsheim Collection. I have had the good fortune to have owned the 1853 first ed., the 1854 U.S. edition, and now this 1855 second ed., revised. Further, OCLC fails to locate any other 1854 edition other than the U.S. printing, and locates 10 copies of this 1855 second ed., revised. Roosens and Salu 2978, repeats Gernsheim's errors. Each illustrated edition contains a different photograph, and each edition is one of the earliest British book to contain an original photograph.