1853-1859. 8vos., variable paginations; 5 volumes bound in 3 as follows: Volumes 1 and 2 are in contemporary half calf and marbled paper over boards, titled in gilt on the spine; Volumes 3 and 4 are bound identically to prior; Volume 5 is later half morocco and marbled paper over boards, titled in gilt on the spine. Text of volumes 3 - 5 show a vertical crease from the form of mailing at the time. Very good. Item #53228
"The Journal of the Photographic Society, later the Royal Photographic Society, was first published on 3 March 1853 and it has been published continuously ever since. The magazine's title was changed with volume 5 (1859) when it was renamed The Photographic Journal and this was recently updated to the RPS Journal. The publication is the oldest photographic periodical in the world. For much of the magazine's history it had an influence that went far beyond the society.
The first editor-in-chief was Arthur Henfry FRS FLS. When Roger Fenton retired as the society's secretary in January 1856 the role of editor and secretary was combined. The Rev. J. R. Major was elected to the post which he held until June 1857 when William Crookes replaced him. In August 1856 Hugh Welch Diamond took over from Crookes who founded his own journal, Photographic News. Diamond remained editor until December 1868 when John Spiller took over until February 1880. The position was taken over by William de Wiveleslie Abney who remained editor well into the twentieth century.
The magazine was an important medium for the announcement and discussion of new discoveries, processes, and exhibitions. It also included ideas other photographers had to help improve their own practice, in a sort of "letter to the editor" style, as well as responses to questions.
The magazine is available to members of the society and to institutions on subscription. Runs of the magazine are available in major libraries in the United Kingdom, including the British Library and in the society's own library housed at the National Media Museum. However, complete runs are rare." Wikipedia.
These are the first five years of this most important journal, beginning with Number 1, 3 March 1853 and concluding with Number 86, 15 June 1859. Additionally, each volume contains an index.