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Lot 29: The Philadelphia Photographer
29 October 2016
Yonkers, NY, USALive Auction
Description: The Philadelphia Photographer. It is appropriate to begin the offerings of cabinet cards with issues of this publication, edited by Edward L. Wilson, which was the major source of information about the art and techniques of photography during the cabinet card era, from 1864. Each issue contained advertising, an original tipped in photograph, and many illustrative drawings as well as numerous articles. This lot includes some individual issues as well as a group of bound volumes.The individual issues are June 1874, July 1874, and September 1874. These have some soiling, light water stains, and some edge chipping. The June issue has one paragraph neatly removed. The September issue has more material cut out. The July issue is complete. These have the original covers, advertising, and have their covers still attached. They don’t have any tipped-in photographs. There are bound volumes of the complete issues of 1867 and 1868. The 1867 volume is still bound, but the spine is frayed and torn. The 1868 volume lacks the spine. The contents of both volumes are complete and are not loose. The covers and spines should be replaced. All the original tipped-in photographs are present. (The page with a Notman Photograph is present but loose in the 1868 volume.) As typical of the bound volumes, the advertising pages are missing. Among the photographs are several by Notman and Gurney, as well as John Carbutt, William Bell, and others less well known. There are finely bound complete volumes of 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874 and 1876. The 1872 volume has no original photographs; the other volumes have all of them, with the original tissue guards. There is slight aging but the pages are complete and undamaged. The collector’s page markers with his notes are still present. There are no markings on the pages themselves. The 1873 volume has the portrait of Vogel with his camera that I have seen offered individually, cut from an issue. The 1876 has photographs of the Centennial
Condition Report: [3+]