L'Oeuvre de Rembrandt reproduit par la photographie. 2 volumes (of 3).

L'Oeuvre de Rembrandt reproduit par la photographie. 2 volumes (of 3).

Blanc, Charles. Bisson Frères, photographers

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Publisher: Paris: Gide, 1853-57
Book Id: 27006


The first book published with illustrations printed directly from albumen glass plates. 87 (of 100) mounted photographs. Lacks the atlas volume containing the remaining 13 prints. Two very large volumes (of three). The atlas volume containing 13 plates is missing from this set. Worn half-leather and cloth, but the bindings and joints are strong. Both volumes foxed. 42.8 x 30.2 cm (page size). Text volume: The pagination is eccentric—sometimes by page, sometimes by leaf. [iv] + 24 pp. + [237] pp. + list of plates and concordance of catalogue numbers [4] pp, The first 24 pp. include a 4-page essay about the publication of this book, an account of Rembrandt, and an inventory of his household effects. The rest is devoted to a list of the plates with a concordance to catalogue numbers from Bartsch and three other sources, plus essays ranging from 1 to 6 pages on each of the prints. Light to heavy foxing throughout; dampstain at upper corner of first portion of book, not affecting text. Plate volume: 87 mounted photographic plates (of 100), printed on extremely thin paper with no varnish or other visible coating. There are no title or text pages. The mounting pages bear the legends "Gide et J. Baudry Editeurs" and "Photog. par Bisson, Fr. - Imp. Lemercier, Paris." The foxing seems somewhat lighter than in the text volume and affects the actual plates less than their mounts. OCLC locates 11 copies worldwide, some of those apparently incomplete. In the US, only the New York Public Library and the Getty show holdings. The book is notable as the first one to be published with plates printed directly from albumen-on-glass negatives. An important book in the history of photography, and a great rarity. These two volumes offered in less-than-ideal condition and priced accordingly. **Free domestic shipping with direct order.

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