Daguerreotype Photography 1840 rare American book illustrated w/ 100's woodcutsBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 19th Century Books, Leather Book Bindings, Illustrated Books, Assorted Knowledge).
The Family Magazine, or Monthly Abstract of General Knowledge.
Volume 7, published 1840, New York by J.S. Redfield.
472 pages. Text in English. Profusely illustrated with several hundred wood engravings, many full or half-page, numerous by Anderson and many other specific engravers.
Scarce early American woodcut periodical.
Of note for the very early detailed scientific accounting of the early photographic process called daguerreotype [the first publicly available ability to make photographs on paper]. [photos on request].
Included is a very early and lengthy detailed report in the popular American press of this new discovery, having only been disclosed in France 1839, the prior year. The article runs 10 pp. w/ 27 small detailed diagram woodcuts. Book warrants further research to determine if it is perhaps the earliest appearance in a popular journal [aimed at the general public as opposed to scientific institutions].
Contents Index at front also lists hundreds of other topics covered, including the theme "Orientals", under which are found 30+ separate topics including barbering, silver jewelry, marriage ceremonies, tattooing, dress & costume, etc.
A wide and fascinating range of topics visually depicted, including natural history, sciences, urban street views, world nationalities, jewelry practices, ethnic customs and aspects of life, tortoises, Indian Tribe stories, music, dental sciences & teeth, book binding, coins, swords, Benjamin Franklin bio, etc. Includes numerous early American scenic views (Virginia, etc.).
Period 1/2 leather binding, smooth spine, gilt bands, title and compartment ornaments, hand marbled paper covers. Binding remains clean, tight, and sound. Front joint has slight cracking at ends, but covers firm & strong, binding is structurally sound as bound.
Textblock still square, tight, sound as issued. Just scattered age foxing, never offensive. Still fresh and clean internally, paper sturdy and bright.
Interior contents display a pleasing age patina, nice looking book which remains well preserved and attractive on the shelf.
It displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in nice antiquarian condition, the age flaws easy to overlook or forgive.
Please review photos for more detail and our best attempt to convey how this antique item survives.
Book Measures c. 10 3/4" H x 7 1/2" W.