Boston: Joseph Knight Company, 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Oblong octavo (8vo). Good+ condition. Item #017553
[ii], 12 leaves of plates [complete]. No date of publication listed; circa 1890. Original green cloth binding with inset gravure on front cover; heavily worn and soiled, with some fraying. The rear inner hinge is detached, and the front inner hinge is weakened, leaving the text block intact. Most of the plates are foxed on the verso. A few page/plate edges are lightly soiled. One plate (title: Absorbed) has a small spot where a foreign object fused with the paper within the image area. The first three plates have a small tear near the hinge, and one plate has a small chip with loss to the margin on an inner corner. The title page and endpapers are lightly thumbcreased at the fore-edge. Four of the leaves of plates are moderately foxed, mainly to the edges of the image area and the margins. A few plates are almost devoid of foxing, while the remaining five plates have minor foxing, mostly to the margins. Includes "12 Photogravure plates with 18 illustrations from photographs of Adirondack scenery...Printed by the N.Y. Photo-Gravure Co., N.Y. This, by far, is Seneca Ray Stoddard's most important book: it contains most of his best examples, and the photogravures are wonderfully printed. It shows that he was more interested in capturing the actual feel of the place and its people than in presenting the standard tourist fare that most other photographers would produce. Few copies of this remarkable book are known, which leads one to believe all of his books were produced in very small editions." Hanson Collection catalog, p. 124. Seneca Ray Stoddard (1844-1917). Topics: Camping, New York state, Adirondack Mountains, Lake George Lake, Saint Lawrence River. First edition.