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The Holy Grail of Early Photographic Illustrated Irish Books Hemphill (William Despard.

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8,750 EUR
Dublin 4
The Holy Grail of Early Photographic Illustrated Irish BooksHemphill (William Despard.) Stereoscopic Illustrations of Clonmel, and the Surrounding Country, including Abbeys, Castles, and Scenery. With Descriptive Letterpress. Dublin: William Curry and Company, Upper Sackville Street. Thomas Cranfield, Grafton-Street. London: A.W. Bennett, 1860. Quarto pp [vii], viii-xxxiii, [1], [1-3], 4 - 126, additional title decorated in gilt with two stereoscopic views, main title and text printed in red and black within a decorative red border. Quarter brown morocco over bevelled cloth boards, richly decorated in gilt. Flat spine, elaborately tooled in gilt with interlacing Celtic design at spine ends, title in gilt in centre. Some minor foxing. An extremely fine copy. (1)Charles Hemphill of Clonmel, even though only an amateur photographer, he was one of the pioneers of early photography in Ireland. He produced large numbers of photographs and especially stereoscopic photographs principally for the nobility and the landed gentry in his area. His 'magnum opus' (above) was a magnificent and elaborate production for its time, and it was Hemphill's own opinion that it was 'one of the most beautiful photographic books ever produced.' Copies are extremely rare, one suspects it was only distributed to his landed gentry friends and it was never generally available to the public. There were a few books illustrated by photographs prior to Hemphill's production, most notably Fox Talbot's 'Pencil of Nature' which was produced in parts circa 1844. Hemphill aimed at being the first man to produce a book illustrated with stereoscopic photographs. It did not work out that way in practice. However. Less than a year before Hemphill was able to complete his book, another book by Professor Piazzi Smyth Teneriffe, (Lot 588 in this sale) appeared. Hemphill, however insisted that the photographs in his book were taken before Smyth's. Smyth's book was able to get to the press in faster time because it was a much smaller volume and contained only approximately 20 illustrations compared with the 80 in Hemphill's book on Clonmel.The only copy located in Ireland is that in the National Library, and it is lacking all the photographic illustrations. No complete copy has turned up for auction sale in decades. Excessively Rare.
The Holy Grail of Early Photographic Illustrated Irish BooksHemphill (William Despard.) Stereoscopic Illustrations of Clonmel, and the Surrounding Country, including Abbeys, Castles, and Scenery. With Descriptive Letterpress. Dublin: William Curry and Company, Upper Sackville Street. Thomas Cranfield, Grafton-Street. London: A.W. Bennett, 1860. Quarto pp [vii], viii-xxxiii, [1], [1-3], 4 - 126, additional title decorated in gilt with two stereoscopic views, main title and text printed in red and black within a decorative red border. Quarter brown morocco over bevelled cloth boards, richly decorated in gilt. Flat spine, elaborately tooled in gilt with interlacing Celtic design at spine ends, title in gilt in centre. Some minor foxing. An extremely fine copy. (1)Charles Hemphill of Clonmel, even though only an amateur photographer, he was one of the pioneers of early photography in Ireland. He produced large numbers of photographs and especially stereoscopic photographs principally for the nobility and the landed gentry in his area. His 'magnum opus' (above) was a magnificent and elaborate production for its time, and it was Hemphill's own opinion that it was 'one of the most beautiful photographic books ever produced.' Copies are extremely rare, one suspects it was only distributed to his landed gentry friends and it was never generally available to the public. There were a few books illustrated by photographs prior to Hemphill's production, most notably Fox Talbot's 'Pencil of Nature' which was produced in parts circa 1844. Hemphill aimed at being the first man to produce a book illustrated with stereoscopic photographs. It did not work out that way in practice. However. Less than a year before Hemphill was able to complete his book, another book by Professor Piazzi Smyth Teneriffe, (Lot 588 in this sale) appeared. Hemphill, however insisted that the photographs in his book were taken before Smyth's. Smyth's book was able to get to the press in faster time because it was a much smaller volume and contained only approximately 20 illustrations compared with the 80 in Hemphill's book on Clonmel.The only copy located in Ireland is that in the National Library, and it is lacking all the photographic illustrations. No complete copy has turned up for auction sale in decades. Excessively Rare.

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L.S.s  Library Stamps   Publ.  Published  t.e.p. Top end paper    mor  morocco   n.d No date   n.p.  No place      d.j.  Dust jacket   L.P.  Large paper   h.m.p.  hand-made paper   

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