Sleeping Beauty. Early Post-Mortem Photography in America. Edited with text by Stanley Burns M.D. Twelvetrees Tress, Pasadena, 1989. 140 pp. Quarto (9.5 x 12.5 in./24 x 32 cm.) Clothbound in dust jacket. 76 color reproductions. Includes a preface, bibliography, captions and texts including 'Death in America: A Chronology,**' and 'Memorial Photograph Identification by Era,'.
NOTE: In a manufacturing defect, several text pages in this section are bound in upside down and in reversed order.
With the widespread use of the camera, nearly everyone could afford a post-mortem portrait, and for the next half-century these portraits were a mainstay of America's commercial culture. Included here are many of the finest examples of post-mortem photography with extensive notations and writings by Dr. Burns on this neglected facet of photographic history. "We take great pains to have miniatures of deceased persons agreeable and satisfactory, and they are often so natural as to seem, even to the artists, in a quiet sleep."--advertisement, 1846.