Aberdeen: Printed by John Duffus; London: A. Marion, Son, & Co., 1865 - 1868. 8vo. Five separate publications bound togeter, each with its own tile page. There are 60 card leaves with captioned mounted albumen photographs, each followed by a descriptive letterpress leaf. The albumen photographs are richly toned and without to usual fading at the edges and in fine condition. The letterpress leaves of the final title, ENGLISH CATHEDRALS, YORK AND DURHAM, are deeply toned, printed on a different stock than the other titles and the albumen photographs are mounted on the same stock rather than the card stock used in the other titles in this series. The binding, which is rubbed and scuffed, is a full red morocco, with the spine in six compartments, is elaborately decorated in gilt, as are the boards. In all, a very good collection. Item #54559
George Washington Wilson, born in Aberdeen 1823, began his professional career as a portrait and landscape painter. By 1852, he opened a photographic portrait studio in Aberdeen, which thrived, and in 1860, he was appointed as the photographer for Queen Victoria in Scotland. He was a prolific landscape photographer of the British Isles, selling his work in great quantities to the tourists, among others. From 1865 - 1868, he published, PHOTOGRAPHS OF ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH SCENERY, a series of 12 books, each on a specific area or village, and each with 12 mounted albumen photographs. This bound assemblage of five titles are first editions, with the exception of, THE TROSSACHS AND LOCH KATHERINE, which was initially published in 1866, with a second edition in 1868.
Gernsheim - INCUABULA OF BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHIC LITERATURE, 1839 - 1875, Numbers: 302; 308; 309; 310; 311.