Washington: Published for the National Portrait Gallery by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983. Cornelius, Robert. First edition. 4to., 152 pp., text illustrations, 32 full-page plates. The rear wrapper is somewhat warped. A very good copy, published only in illustrated stiff wrappers. Item #52680
Though his career was short, his studio was only operational for about two years, Cornelius, a Philadelphian, is considered to be America's first significant portrait photographer. Comprised of a detailed biography and history, with a portfolio of 32 daguerreotypes by Cornelius and thorough analyses of his working methodology and materials.