- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: kp books; 2nd edition (March 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0873417208
- ISBN-13: 978-0873417204
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Collector's Guide to Early Photographs, 2nd Edition Paperback – March, 1999
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Collector's Guide to Early Photographs goes beyond describing the basic types (categories) of old photographs. It provides entire chapters detailing the descriptions of each category and sub-categories of old photographs. There is specific advice regarding collecting each category of old photograph, as well as advice on which photographed subjects (animals, children, etc.) images are most rare / plentiful for collectors. Also detailed are the various markings used to identify the manufacturer of the daguerreotype plates, and the cases (small frames) in which they were mounted. All of which is important for identification of prized photographs in a collection. Also included is a listing of notable early photographers (ten pages long) whose work is of particular interest to collectors. There is rarely a page in the book doesn't include at least one picture / illustration of a category of photographs, photographed subjects, close up details of case markings, brass mats, etc. Approximately half the book is devoted to the non-paper based photographs (daguerreotype, ambrotype, and tintype) with the remaining half addressing the various paper based photographs.
Except for a few pages regarding restoration of "cased images," this book does not provide any significant advice on care and storage of photographs. The advice is that restoration should be left to trained individuals, as just about anything you do will damage the print.Read more ›
So, this is an excellent basic introduction to early photographs. The only glaring omission is of online buying, which is of course a huge market now (probably the hugest). I wish they would publish a new edition including that information, or a supplement even, that would cover things like how to spot fake items in large non-specialized sites like ebay.
The book is definitely worth the money. Oh, and there was a short delay in receiving the book because it was not available and had to be found through another seller.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Book. I sell old cabinet cards and photos and this book has been so helpful in determining just what i have. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Anthony
Many people love to collect old photos, from Daguerrotypes to cabinet photos. This book is a great addition to any photograph collector's library. Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by HMCrabtree
This book is divided into "Cased images 1839-1869" and "Photography on paper 1839-1900". Each specific technique (for example Daguerreotypes) under these divisions includes the... Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Gary Sprandel