London. Chapman and Hall. 1848.
Volume X. Leather-bound volume, 12 x 10 inches, 370 pp. Illustrated with engravings based on paintings and sculpture of the period. Stains on one plate; corners bumped; abrasions to spine; narrow loss of leather, 2 inches in length, at spine edge of front cover; 2 crude drawings in pencil on blank pages at front and rear of volume; otherwise good condition. Two articles on photography appear in the journal's recurring monthly column 'On the Applications of Science to the Fine and Useful Arts.' Part I, subtitled Photography, appears in the May number (pp. 133-136) and Part II, subtitled Photography, Second Part, in the August number (pp. 237-238). The July number contains the article Daguerrotype Portraiture (p. 223). In addition, there are numerous additional articles of interest (many illustrated) including appeals for the establishment of an "Asylum for Aged Governesses"; also, a "Booksellers' Provident Retreat" to serve destitute members of that profession (a full page illustration of the home is provided). Other articles of interest include a profile of Eugene Delacroix and, in the series Pilgrimages to English Shrines, an article describing a visit to the historic printing office of William Caxton. Engravings after works by Edwin Landseer, Robert Huskisson (There Sleeps Titania), Charles Lock Eastlake (Napoleon) and others. Also present is a striking embossed color plate accompanying the article Compound Plate Printing. A most interesting and uncommon volume; significant with regard to the history of photography. Much interesting design throughout such as A Design for a Night-Lamp and Design for a Child's Mug both by Henry Fitz-Cook (p.73), designs for cottages etc. A fascinating window onto the world of commercial art and design in the mid 19th century. Good overall condition, with issues noted. "Dedicated by Command to His Royal Highness Prince Albert, President of the Commission on the Fine Arts." Item #50027
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