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Auction 193, Lot 743

Early American Report on the Invention of the Daguerreotype

"[Invention of the Daguerreotype] "The 'Daguerreotype'" [in] The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine. December, 1839",

Subject: Document - Daguerreotype

Period: 1839 (published)


Color: Black & White

6 x 9.2 inches
15.2 x 23.4 cm
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This December 1839 issue of The Kinckerbocker monthly magazine contains an enthusiastic two-page description of the daguerreotype (pages 560-561) by Lewis Gaylord Clark. Clark remarks that "the views taken in Paris...are the most remarkable objects of curiosity and admiration, in the arts, that we ever beheld." There is an entry (#9) for this short article in Image of America Early Photography 1839-1900: A Catalog, published by the Library of Congress, that notes “the enormous sensation aroused in the United States by daguerreotype is shown by this article. His [Clark] account was one of the first to popularize photography in this country. Clark saw some daguerreotypes in a shop window, and was so impressed he wrote: ‘Their exquisite perfection almost transcends the bounds of sober belief.’” The 94 pages of text are still bound in their original wrappers.


Condition: B+

Contents have minor toning and soiling. Wrappers have some staining and are chipped along the upper and lower spine.

Estimate: $160 - $190


Closed on 6/21/2023