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Daguerian Excursions in Jamaica, being a Collection of Views of the Most Striking Scenery, Public Buildings and other interesting objects, taken on the spot with the Daguerreotype]
A. Duperly [Lithographed by Bachelier, Paris; Printed by Thierry Brothers], Kingston, Jamaica 1844 - (17 x 11 3/4 inches). 24 tinted lithographed views. Expertly bound to style in half red morocco and period paper covered boards, spine lettered in gilt The rarest 19th century views of Jamaica and important depictions of the island's African-American population post-emancipation. A superlatively rare book of views of Jamaica; this is the only complete copy to come on the market in modern times. It provides a remarkable visual record of Jamaica immediately after the slavery era had ended. It is one of the earliest works of its kind anywhere to be created from daguerreotypes. "Duperly, who was born in Paris in 1801, appears to have spent some time in Cuba before arriving in Jamaica in 1824. By the 1830s he was established as an engraver and printer and, among other works, was responsible for the production of the illustrations to Isaac Mendes Belisario's Sketches of character in illustration of the negro population of Jamaica, published in 1837. It is not known when he took up photography, but the daguerreotypes from which this book was produced are perhaps the earliest known photographic views of the island. Duperly's firm became the most successful photographic studio in Jamaica. Adolphe died in 1865, but the business was continued by his son Armond and grandson Théophile, and continued at least into the 1920s" (British Library online). Importantly, many of the views depict African-Americans in the fore-grounds. Unlike previous pre-Emancipation viewbooks relating to Jamaica, here African Americans are seen in small groups in conversation or in repose. "Taken as a whole, Duperly's Daguerrian Excursions can be understood as a post-picturesque view of the island -- a self portrait of a colony in transition . in these images are inscribed vivid details of life in Jamaica in the aftermath of emancipation" (Barringer, et. al.). The plates are as follows: 1) "A View of the Ordnance Yard (taken from the Wharf)" 2) "A View of the Court House (taken on the day of an Election)" 3) "A View of King Street" 4) "A View of Coke Chapel (taken from the Parade)" 5) "A View of the Kingston Theatre (taken from the Parade)" 6) "A View of the Kingston Barracks" 7) "A View of Church Street (looking towards the sea)" 8) "A View of the Ordnance Yard (taken from Port Royal Street)" 9) "A View of the Kingston Church" 10) "Market Falmouth" 11) "King House (Spanish Town)" 12) "Court House, Bath (St. Thomas in the East)" 13) "Lindo Store (Parish of St. Ann)" 14) "Cornwall Street (Falmouth)" 15) "Holland Estate (St. Thomas in the East)" 16) "The Ferry JNN (Spanish Town Road)" 17) "Moneague Tavern Parish of St. Ann" 18) "Cascade of White River near Ocho Rios in St. Ann's" 19) "Falmouth Taken from the Church Tower" 20) "Golden Grove Estate. St. Thomas in the East" 21) "Methodist Chapel, Bath, St. Thomas in the East" 22) "Montego Bay, St. James (taken from the Falmouth Entrance)" 23) "Market Street (Falmouth)" 24) "Montngo-Bay [sic] (taken from the residence of Mrs. Melhado)" Originally published in four parts containing a wrapper title and twenty-four plates total, the work is extremely rare, with only three copies cited in OCLC and no copies in the auction records. This copy contains the full complement of plates, though without the wrapper title. Cundall, Bibliographia Jamaicensis 303; Barringer, Forrester and Martinez-Ruiz, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica , cat. 226-231, pp. 530-535. Not in Abbey. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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