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Souvenir of Niagara Falls - BABBETT Platt BABBITT Platt D - 1864. 
1864 - (BABBITT, Platt D.). A Souvenir of Niagara Falls With a Series of Views". Buffalo: Sage, Sons, 1864. Oblong quarto, original plum publisher's cloth gilt rebacked. $2000.First edition of this splendid 1864 guide to Niagara Falls, with four luminous color lithographic plates from oil paintings after photographs by Babbitt, who opened his daguerreotype studio at the Falls in 1853"""a fine photographer and one of the first photojournalists"""in original cloth.This scarce 1864 photobook on Niagara Falls features four vibrant full-color lithographic prints of oil paintings after images by pioneering photographer Platt Babbitt (aka Babbett), who opened a professional daguerreotype studio at the Falls in 1853. "Babbitt's camera focused and celebrated the grand vista"" big sky, rocks, sprays of mist and surging water that passed by so quickly as to blur itself into what looked like a shimmering and ethereal sheet. From the place where tourists and photographer stood to witness The Splendor, Niagara was a stage set, a place to contemplate all that was larger than one's self". Eventually, Babbitt went on to make ambrotypes and glass stereo views all around the Falls"" behind the cascades, at the whirlpool, in the groves, on the islands, in the village. He photographed the local daredevils, bridges, byways and hotels. A fine photographer, and one of the first photojournalists, Babbitt had the nerve to scramble down the bank of the gorge for a good shot, summer or winter" (Bannon, George Eastman House). With four lithographic prints: "Falls from Foot of Biddle Stair-Case," "Terrapin Tower and Bridge, And Horse-shoe Falls," "Table Rock and Part of Horse-shoe Falls" and "Niagara Falls from Prospect Point, American Side." Also containing descriptions of Horse Shoe Falls, Bath Island, the Iron Bridge over the Rapids, Goat Island, Cave of the Winds, the Suspension Bridge, the Whirlpool, Devil's Hole, Grand Island, and a Miscellany including: "John Quincy Adams' Remarks" on the Falls, a brief "Geology of Niagara," "Legends and Tales," an excerpt from the biography of "Blondin, The Hero of Niagara," along with much more. Dow II:127. Taft, 96. Text and plates generally fresh with light scattered foxing, slight edge-wear to boards. A scarce extremely good copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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