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    [Photography]. Homes of American Statesmen: with Anecdotal, Personal, and Descriptive Sketches. New-York: G. P. Putnam, 1854. First edition of the first American book to contain an original photograph.

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    Original photograph is an original crystallotype print (or sun picture) of Boston's Hancock House, mounted on an inserted leaf at front. Octavo. viii, 469, [1, blank] pages. With inserted photograph (as mentioned above), engraved title-page, and seventeen facsimile letters (either double-page or fold-out) inserted throughout. Contemporary full brown pebbled morocco over beveled boards, covers triple-ruled and decoratively paneled in black, spine ruled and tooled in black in compartments, five raised bands, and lettered in gilt. Rear joint cracking near top, some wear to joints, some wear to binding, hinges just starting, some offsetting from facsimiles. Still, a very good example of this unusual book.

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