Secrets of the Dark Chamber. The Art of the American Daguerreotype. Daguerreotypes by numerous photographers. Text by Merry A. Foresta and John Wood. Foreword by Elizabeth Broun. Red clothbound with tipped-in reproduction. Squarish quarto. No dust jacket as issued. Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995. 240 pp. First Edition
One of the finest books ever published on the daguerreotype, Secrets of the Dark Chamber is a work of art unto itself. This collection contains exquisitely reproduced full-color illustrations which include the original frames. It contains more than 150 masterpieces of the art, two-thirds of which have never been published before. The texts by Merry Foresta and John Wood are at once quite informative and entertaining, detailing the wonder with which the daguerreotype was originally received.
A pristine, as new copy in original shrink wrap.