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Book Catalogue Reviews - November - 2011 Issue

Photography from Antiquariat Banzhaf and Antiquariat Kuhn

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Photograph from 1846 issue of Art-Union.

Item 8 is a journal that introduced many people to the photographic process. It is bound volumes from 1845-1846 of The Art-Union, published in London. The May 1846 issue contained a mounted calotype print, that being an early photographic process developed by William Talbot. It was the first periodical to feature a mounted photograph, and it must have been the first time many of its readers would have seen such a thing. There are a couple of articles describing “Talbotype” pictures (Mr. Talbot renamed the process after himself, sort of like “Daguerreotype”). There were around 7,000 copies of the journal printed, so many different negatives, with differing scenes, were used. €2,500 (US $3,471).

Item 9 is a large, photographic study of the bee, performed in Switzerland in 1875. It is a manuscript album containing 202 albumen photographs, text, and 12 partly colored drawings of the honey bee, displaying the insect in full or parts. It is evidently an anatomical study of the bee, which includes microscopical images of it. €5,000 (US $6,937).

Item 15 is a pamphlet with scientific visuals... sort of. It was produced by Karl Wilhelm Fritsch in 1867. It includes three photographs by Hermann Krone on two plates, with a notice that photographs may be purchased directly from the photographer. The title is Santorin, die Kaimeni-Inseln, and it is based on a volcanic eruption on Santorini Island (off the Greek Coast). However, cameras were not yet able to capture the rapid action of a volcano, so they created a model of the volcano which was photographed instead. €1,400 (US 1,939).

Antiquariat Banzhaf may be reached at 0049-(0)7071-552314 or Antiquariat-Banzhaf@t-online.de

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