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2 volumes, octavo. Original green and blue limp cloth, titles to upper covers in black with photographic paste-ons depicting a mouse and an owl. The Shrewmouse volume with photographic frontispiece, vignette title, and 58 pages of photographic illustrations (comprising 100 images in all). Bookseller¿s ticket of Pratt & Sons, Brighton, to the inside of the front cover. Contemporary ownership signature in ink to the front free endpaper. Spine rolled, some light rubbing at the extremities and to the paste-on, a little toning and occasional spotting to contents, spine slightly cracked between pages 80 and 81. Very good condition. The Birds volume with photographic vignette title and 61 pages of photographic illustrations (comprising 100 illustrations in all). Bookseller¿s ticket of Pratt & Sons, Brighton, to the inside of the front cover. Spine rolled, a little rubbing and some light marks at the extremities, closed split to the cloth at the head of the spine, spine cracked a little between pages 80 and 81 (as in the other volume), some light scattered spotting and toning of contents, small abraded area affecting the margins of pages 4 and 5 but not the images. Very good condition. First editions, first impressions of the first two volumes in this charming early series of wildlife photography books. The author of the Birds volume, R. B. Lodge, was a pioneering photographer who took the first photo of a wild bird, a lapwing on its nest, in 1895. Prior to this, the limitations of photographic equipment meant that animal photography required domestic or captive creatures. Lodge was one of a group of photographers who pushed the technology to new levels in the quest to photograph nature. ¿In the mid-1890s, Lodge and his young assistant, Oliver Pike, used to push a 12 x 10-inch plate camera around the English countryside in a wheelbarrow. But Pike became so frustrated with all the pushing that he developed his own 'Bird-land Camera¿, which was portable enough to be used for stalking as well as from static hides.¿ (Carwardine, ¿Origins of Wildlife Photography¿, BBC Wildlife, February 2012.) Indeed, recent research has made clear that ¿animals were not simple one photographic subject among many. They were one of the key subjects driving the technical development of photography.¿ (Brower, Developing Animals, p. 21.) Lodge himself was a founding member of the Zoological Photographic Club (still in operation and the world¿s oldest natural history photographic society), and was awarded the first ever medal for nature photography by the Royal Photographic Society. The first book on wildlife to be illustrated with actual photographs (rather than wood engravings based on photographs) was British Birds¿ Nests, by Richard and Cherry Kearton (1895). These two volumes followed soon after in 1909 and were certainly among the earliest inexpensive books of wildlife photos. They include 100 illustrations each, combining both wild-taken and staged photos, and also include extensive notes on the natural history of the animals depicted. Both these volumes bear the trade ticket of Pratt & Sons of Brighton, one of the most important taxidermy and natural history supply firms in southern England, in operation between 1851 and 1952, and were responsible for about 50 of the avian dioramas in Brighton¿s Booth Museum. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: One Hundred Photographs from Life of the ...
Editorial: Cassell & Co., Ltd.
Año de publicación: 1909
Encuadernación: Soft cover
Condición del libro: Very Good
Edición: 1st Edition
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