VERY RARE EARLY PHOTOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS BY ABRAHAM TALBOT (1861)

ROGERS, Edward

A Record of the City of Armagh, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time.

Published: Armagh: Printed at the Armagh Guardian Office, by John Thompson

Date: 1861

first edition, first and illustrated issue small 4to. (20.5 x 16 cms) v, (vi-viii), 56pp. including list of subscribers, 6 actual full-page photographs (sepia tinted, apparently albumen prints) as plates, strong later green cloth, spine lettered gilt, edges gilt,some light dusty fingering to text margins, some photographs a little faded, but overall very good. Very rare.

Note
COPAC locates in Queen's University of Belfast only. OCLC locates several copies in U.S. libraries (most probably the issue without photos, see below) Not in Gernsheim Incunabula of British Photography 1839-1875. The introduction states that "The PHOTOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS [sic] were taken and printed expressly for this work, by Mr. Abraham Talbot, of Armagh, Artist". The list of subscribers names 181 persons (some with places of residence or occupation), a few of whom took multiple copies accounting in total for 214 copies. Among them was a William Talbot, Dublin, who may have been a relative of the photographer. Unsold printed sheets of the book with the title page unaltered (ie. still dated 1861) but without the photographs were reissued in 1874 combined with another piece by Rogers with a separate sub-title page dated 1874. In that 1874 issue the words in the introduction (as above) about the photographs were masked out by a slip of paper being pasted over them. That second issue is uncommon but the first issue is rare. In most library catalogues the two issues are indistinguishable. Rogers, Deputy Librarian of the Public (ie. Cathedral) Library Armagh, chorister and sometime Grand Secretary of the Orange Order of County Armagh, published several works on Armagh regional history and on Orangeism.

£950

Offered by P & B Rowan