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[WHIPPLE, JOHN, Photographer]. Homes of American Statesmen: With Anecdotical, Personal, and Descriptive Sketches, by Various Writers. New York: G.P. Putnam and Co., 1854. Original sun picture (crystalotype) frontispiece of Hancock House attributed to John Whipple; and numerous woodcut illustrations from drawings and daguerreotypes by Döpler. 8vo, original green cloth, spine ends worn, upper joint torn; hinges cracked, some browning and foxing to title and frontispiece. FIRST EDITION. Goldschmidt & Wseton, The Truthful Lens, p. 27 ("The first American book illustrated with an original photograph"); Swann/Marshall 182.
The Publishers' Notice comments that "the frontispiece is somewhat of a curiosity, each copy being an original sun picture, on paper. The great luminary has here entered into direct competition with other artists in the engraving business."
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