Notices of Sculpture in Ivory . . . and a Catalogue of Specimens of Ancient Ivory-Carvings in Various Collections . . . by Edmund Oldfield . . . With Nine Photographic Illustrations, by J.A. Spencer.
London: Arundel Society, 1856. Slim 4to, , 54 pp. With 9 albumen photographs tipped in. Original color-printed boards, roan backstrip (chipped and worn at head and foot), internally a fine copy. First edition of the first book to include a photograph of a bookbindingthree of the plates are photographs of bindings made of ivory, one in the BN, one in Milan Cathedral Library, and one in a private collection. The text also records the existence and location of several other ivory-carved book bindings. The plates show European pieces from the 6th to the 14th centuries with their locations, illustrated in a series of nicely reproduced albumen prints of varied size. The author notes that it took a long time to make the large number of photographic prints for the book. [Gernsheim - Incunabula of British Photographic Literature, no. 51].
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