Wood, John (Author) & Stilgoe, John R. (Contributor). THE SCENIC DAGUERREOTYPE: ROMANTICISM AND EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY. Iowa City, IA: University Of Iowa Press, 1995. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 222 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark monograph on subject. One of the most important photography books ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as part of the now-classic series on the early history of photography by the Iowa University Press. The book is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by University of Iowa Press: Oversize-volume format. Maroon linen cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Edited and written by John Wood. Foreword by John R. Stilgoe. Photographs by various contributors. Printed on acid-free stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents one of the best books on the daguerreotype. Its guiding light is the poet, literary critic, and photography scholar John Wood. "Imagine a gold and mercury image on a layer of silver bonded to copper, an all-metal photographic process that poisoned some its practitioners. Imagine an era long before a surfeit of images began to dull the viewer, when a visual reality, not a virtual one, captivated the imagination. The daguerreotype process is not only 'one of the great artistic vehicles for rendering the human face', says John Wood, but an equally potent and elegant means of rendering a scenic image. The author has assembled the largest collection of daguerreotypes ever seen in book form, including Jean-Louis-Baptiste Gros' masterful studies of the Acropolis and the Seine and Joseph Wilhelm Pero's striking images of Lubeck, Germany" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen by John Wood. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. The recipient, who is an important figure in the photography world, is named. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Many copies available online have serious flaws. A rare signed copy thus. 100 plates. Some of the finest photographs we will ever see, scrutinized with love, passion, and measure by one of the finest living photography historian/scholars. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN WOOD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0877455112. $70.00

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