London. Lovell Reeve. 1858.
Twenty photo-stereographs (mounted albumen silver prints) with tissue guards, map, xvi+451++23+15+ pp, index, 7 1/2 x 5 inches, textured cloth covered boards (hardbound), gilt spine lettering and embossed image on front cover. Bookseller's ticket on front paste down, binder's ticket on rear paste down (Westley's & Co. London). Light wear to cover extremities with short split to lower spine; interior in very good condition with very occasional light foxing. A publication significant for the first use of stereographs (stereo-views) in book illustration; in his introduction Smyth devotes two pages to these "two distinct portraits of each object...[where by]...correctness is secured." The object of the expedition was "to ascertain how far astronomical observation can be improved, by eliminating the lower third part of the atmosphere." The text is divided into four parts: The Voyage and the Climb, On the Crater of Elevation, On the Crater of Eruption, and Lowlands of Teneriffe. Additional pages after the index are: two page advertisement for The Literary Gazette; Mr. Reeve's List of Publications; a one page advertisement for the book itself with heading "Interesting Novelty"; "Egypt and Nubia. Descriptive Catalogue of One Hundred Stereoscopic Views of the Pyramids, The Nile, Karnak, Thebes, Aboo-Simbel, and all the more interesting objects of Egypt and Nubia" published by Negretti & Zambra with additional page of reviews; ad for "Lessons in Photography" etc. Item #54647