(NY): Thames and Hudson, 1986. Thomson, John. First edition. 4to., 200 pp., 173 illustrations, l6l plates. A fine copy in the photo-illustrated dust jacket that has one short tear at the spine crown and a lightly toned on the blank rear panel. Item #51895
The first monograph on the Scottish photographer who traveled extensively through the Far East in the mid-nineteenth century. John Thomson was born in Edinburgh in 1837. He studied chemistry and learned photography there. He produced several books on his travels which included mounted original photographs, among them are, Cambodian Antiquities, 1867, and Illustrations of China and Its People, 1874. In 1875 he settled in London and opened a photographic studio. In 1877-78, he produced his famous Street Life in London, issued in 12 parts and including 36 mounted Woodburtypes, with text by Adolphe Smith. It is the first published collection of social documentary photographs anywhere in the world.