St. Louis: Published from 116 North Fourth Street, 1877. First Edition. Hardcover. The first twelve issues of this scarce western photography monthly edited by J. H. Fitzgibbon, one of America's finest daguerreotypists and well-known for his portraits of Native Americans. Bound in contemporary half morocco with the original front and rear wrappers for all issues, as well as the ads, bound in. Illustrated with 10 original photographs, mostly mounted albumens including a portrait of Fitzgibbon by Bogardus, an Adirondacks landscape by Stoddard, and various posed studies. One image, the Great Steel Bridge of St. Louis, is printed directly on the paper; another is a chromotype of the Chicago Apollo Musical Club by Gentile. There is no image with the sixth issue, nor is one listed in the contents. The albertype by E. Bierstadt for the eleventh issue is lacking, as is a ferrotype specimen holder in one of the ads. The articles are informative and instructional covering both news and many different technical aspects of photography at the time with much longing for a return to the daguerreotype and a number of articles on new processes such as the Lambertype. This copy is INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the editor to T. S. Lambert in January of 1878 on the inside front cover. Theodore Sarony (T. S.) Lambert was no relation to the creator of the Lambertype, Claude Lambert , but he did team up with Claude to sell exclusive license for the Lambertype process. Front cover now detached and the spine largely lacking, but the text block is tight and the book can be easily rebacked. Despite the defects, Very Good and quite scarce. Item #011232

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