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Monographs or surveys on the history of photography and notable photographers from the mid-19th Century to the present.

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New York in MCMXXIII, New York, The New York Edison Company, 1923, first edition, 4to (11.25" x 8.75"), HB in dj, beige cloth spine on tan paper bds w/ black decorative titles on ivory pastedown, VG+ / none. Extremities bumped, corners exposed.

Unpaginated, profuse b/w photos. "An illustrated book of the City compiled in honor of the 46th Convention of The National Electric Light Association." A collection of photographs of New York taken on behalf of the New York Edison Co. (precursor to ConEd). Each photo is captioned with a short description and a poetic quotation; for example, a photo of the Williamsburg Bridge lit at night with a fireboat in the foreground is noted, "The twinkling gardens of lights abloom/Lilies of night in a shrouded sky." A photo of Central Park South taken from the park shows puny little trees; one of Columbus Circle shows absolutely no traffic save a hansom cab (said to be the last in the city), and the monument looks like the tallest structure in the neighborhood. Other subjects, like the original Penn Station and High Bridge on the Hudson (which carried the Croton Aqueduct), no longer exist. Working from downtown Manhattan on uptown, these are beautiful photos that make a comprehensive portrait of (mostly) Manhattan at the time.    [Book ID # 1411]


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