Chicago: Burke & James, . Softcover. Very Good. 224 pp, indexed, illustrated. Wrappers lightly edgeworn, contents clean and sound. Offers a large selection of products including cameras (Rexo and Ingento), shutters, lenses (Dallmeyer, Ideal, Cephaloscope, Ajax, Cinematograph, and others), scales, filters, flash lamps and powder, enlargers, developers, chemicals, plates, film, and books.
List 4: Early Photography
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Rochester, NY: Eastman Kodak, 1895. Softcover. Very Good. 5.25" x 7.25", pp 147,  index, with many illustrations (products, Eastman Kodak buildings). Mild crease to front cover, small nibbled area at lower fore edge of back cover and last 10 leaves, else a very nice, clean copy. Preface describes the Kodak manufacturing facilities. Description and specifications are given for many cameras, including glass plate and folding Kodaks and Kodets and the Eastman Interchangeable View Camera and Daylight Enlarging Camera. A variety of photographic papers, film, tripods, plate holders, etc. are also offered.
Rochester, NY: Rochester Optical Company, 1891. Softcover. Good. 40 pp, illustrated, in original stapled wrappers. A good copy, with dampstain affecting margin of all pages, some soiling to wraps. Cameras offered include the Ideal, the New Model and New Model Improved, the Midget Pocket Camera, the Premier, the Rochester Magazine Camera, the Handy, and the New Model Stereoscopic camera. Other apparatus includes film holders, tripods, lanterns, scales, developer, papers, mounts, and lenses.
Rochester, NY: Rochester Optical Company, 1897. Softcover. Good. 80 pp, illustrated and indexed. Original side-stapled wrappers with embossed decoration. Chipping, old label on front cover, check marks on a few pages. Camera models offered include the Carlton, Universal, Monitor, Ideal, Kenwood, Empire State, Standard, New Model, New Model Improved, Midget, Premaret, Premier, and several types of Premo. Other apparatus includes film holders, tripods, lanterns, scales, developer and other chemicals, papers, mounts, and several types of lenses (anastigmat, wide angle, rectigraphic, etc) from different manufacturers, including Zeiss, Turner-Reich, Bausch and Lomb, Gundlach, and others.
Boston: Soule Art Publishing Co., 1907. Hardcover. Very good. 10" x 12.5" album, with 100 bromide prints mounted on 50 cardboard leaves. Three quarter leather and black buckram with satin endpapers. Printed price list affixed to front pastedown. Scuffing to leather, mild rubbing to a few images; very good. An untitled salesman's catalogue offering a images for sale by the Soule Art Publishing Company, whch operated in the Boston area from 1859 to around 1918, and boasted in a 1906 advertisement that they offered "20,000 subjects in all grades, sizes, and prices." Althought they had a private mail order trade, a large part of their business seems to have been selling images to schools for classroom use. Each image is numbered (101-200) and captioned by hand, and the maximum enlargement size is noted. According to the price list, prints can be ordered in sizes ranging from 8 x 10 to 40 x 60, in black and white or in sepia, and with frames in a variety of sizes. Includes photographic reproductions of European and American paintings (many with historic content, but also landscapes, portraits, and domestic scenes), as well as original photographs of architectural and archaeological sites (Greek and Roman ruins, cathedrals, the Alhambra, British castles, a California mission) and landscapes (a Scottish loch, Mt. Hood, Mt. Shasta, etc). In all, an interesting record of the role of photography in education in the early twentieth century.
Baltimore: 1880. First Edition. Softcover. Fair. 4.25" x 5.5", pp 42, , in original sewn wrappers. Fair to good condition only, as it appears to have narrowly escaped a fire. Charring and some loss to wrappers, browning to fore edge of all pages, only reaching text on two pages and not affecting readability. Raised in a family of professional photographers, Walzl opened his own studio in Baltimore in 1860, at the age of 17. He found quick success as a photographer and publisher of ambrotypes, cabinet cards, stereo cards, and cartes des visites. After the Civil War, he expanded his business and became a leading purveyor of photographic supplies, equipment, and literature at his National Photographic Emporium and Publishing House, which opened in 1872. This booklet offers thoughts on the importance of photographic literature, a lengthy section promoting Walzl's journal, Photographic Rays of Light (with details on the contents of each issue and several dozen testimonials), and thorough descriptions of 10 books offered for sale. These include works on portrait photography, posing and lighting, coloring photographs, dry plate photography, ferrotypes, and printing, as well as a handbook of photographic terms. OCLC locates no copies; one copy of a much shorter (8 pp) 1882 edition.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 5.25" x 9.25", in original blue cloth boards stamped in blind and gilt. 54 pp, with a folding salt print of a sandstone slab by George M. Silsbee. Light rubbing to extremities; near fine. This is the second American publication illustrated with a photograph, and Warren writes that "we are indebted to photography for enabling us to represent the remarkable slab from Greenfield, and its numerous objects, in a small space, yet with perfect accuracy." Truthful Lens #181. Warren was founder of the New England Journal of Medicine, the first Dean of Harvard Medical School, and third president of the American Medical Association, as well as a respected amateur geologist and paleontologist.