Monday, August 10, 2009

Arctic Books Illustrated with Original Photographs

Usually, 19th century books were illustrated with steel engravings, woodcuts, photo-lithographic illustrations, or lithographs. One of the most important books on exploration in the arctic in the late 19th century is the work by George Nares.

We are offering for sale a near fine copy of one of the three books to use actual photographs for illustrative purposes.

George Nares. NARRATIVE OF A VOYAGE TO THE POLAR SEA DURING 1875-76, in H.M. Ships 'Alert' and 'Discovery.' Published in 1878.

The other two arctic books that used actual photographs were:

Allen Young. Cruise of the 'Pandora.' From the Private Journal kept by Allen Young, R.N.R., F.R.G.S., F.R.A.S., &c., Commander of the Expedition. [London: William Clowes], 1876. 8vo. Folding lithographed map and 12 mounted sepia photographed plates by W. J. A. Grant. And....

William Bradford. The Arctic regions illustrated with photographs taken on an art expedition to Greenland. London, 1873.

1 comment:

  1. This is a very attractive and informative site Bjarne. I was doing a bit of research on early Arctic photography and came across your info in that regard. Thanks. Maybe I will see you in San Francisco...