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    One of Only a Few Nineteenth-Century Stereoscopic View Books with a Built-In Viewer

    [Photography]. [Edward Bierstadt, photographer]. Gems of American Scenery, Consisting of Stereoscopic Views Among the White Mountains. With Descriptive Text. Illustrations by the Albertype Process. Bierstadt Patent, March 21, 1876. New York: Harroun & Bierstadt, [1878]. First edition. Octavo. [iv], [100] pages. With double-page lithographed map of the White Mountains inserted at front. Complete with twenty-four stereoplate illustrations, all reckoned within pagination. With built-in viewer affixed to front pastedown, as issued. Publisher's full brown cloth over beveled boards, front cover and spine ruled and paneled in black and lettered in gilt, rear cover ruled in blind, all edges gilt. Some rubbing and mild wear to binding, front corners bumped, joints on viewer starting, text overopened in a few places, previous owner's gift inscription on front blank. Skewed. Still, a very good copy, internally very clean and bright. There were many nineteenth-century books with stereoscopic illustrations, but only a few that offered a built-in viewer (presumably based on the design of Lovell Reeve, ca. 1850's).

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