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Dorsetshire photographically illustrated - POUNCY, John - 1857. 
London, Bland & Long and Dorchester, John Pouncy, Photographic Institution, . - Two vols, oblong folio, comprising parts 1 and 2 (of eventually 4), with a lithograph title-page and a total of 39 lithographic plates, (image size approximately 8 x 11 inches (20 x 28 cm.)), including one double page, all with 2-3 pages of letterpress description and the original tissue-guards; lithographic title and terminal list of subscribers in volume I; some occasional light foxing to the plates, but a very good gopy in the original publisher's textured cloth, stamped in blind, upper covers lettered in gilt, corners bumped; ownerhip signature in both volumes of W. H. Stockland.First edition, first issue: the first two original parts of the first photolithographically-illustrated to be published in Britain. 'As far as we know Pouncy's rare book was not only the first but remained the only attempt in book form to reproduce photographic views from nature by photolithography' (Gernsheim). Published by subscription at the high price of £11s per part, the series was originally intended to extend to six parts, with 20 photolithographs in each, but only four were actually produced. The work is more usually found in its later state, bound in two volumes as Parts I-II and Parts II-IV. Pouncy had originally planned to include albumen prints in Dorsetshire Illustrated, but according to the Introduction he was unhappy with their impermanence and thus developed the photolithographic process by transferring his own glass negatives to stone plates. The technique was not yet perfected at the time of printing; the long exposure times necessary to produce detailed photographic landscapes did not accommodate animals and people, so Pouncy later added such figures to some scenes by hand. The end result is an interesting intersection of photography and lithography, unique in British publishing, used to illustrate the sights of Dorset. COPAC shows copies at BL (4 vols. in 2) and Bodley (4 vols. in 3) only. Gernsheim, The History of Photography, p. 546; Ian Leith, 'John Pouncy' in Encyclopedia of Ninetheenth-Century Photography, pp. 1168-1169; McLean, Victorian Book Design and Colour Printing, p. 128. Language: English
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