Boston: Joseph Knight, 1893. First Edition. Hardcover. Oblong quarto (4to). Very good condition. Item #019029
According to the September "Publisher's Weekly" this book was issued late in 1893 by Joseph Knight of Boston. It was done with the cooperation of Ernest Edwards' New York Photo-Gravure Company. Essentially an oblong quarto view book, it features ten superb, Japan-tissue photogravures by Edwards' New York concern. Printed on Japan paper. Bound in cloth, with silver stamp and fancy paper side. Quarto, 9 ½ x 11 ½. It includes two images by Davis & Sanford "A Figure Study [and] A Young Artist", two images by H.P. Robinson "A Trespass Notice [and] He Never Told His Love", and one each by Geo. H. Taber Jr. "Away-Back", D. P. Watts "A Corn Roast", Mrs. N. Gray Bartlett "Bric-a-brac", Mrs. M.B. Greenwood "On Fishing Bent", W.C. Walker "In The Woods", and P. Thiery "Feeding the Poultry". There is a short gift inscription on the front endpaper: Christmas 1893. There is minor soiling and foxing to most of the pages. Other than the title page, the volume, which retailed for $2.00, features no letterpress of any kind. The delicate tissue plates are each tack-glued at the corners and tipped-in centered on each of the ten leaves. These delicate and finely-printed examples of hand-pulled photogravures are representative of the type of artistic work being done in the United States in the 1890's. Rare with only two copies appearing on Worldcat. Includes the work of at least two female photographers.