Lot 87 of 446:
First published U.S. example of Cliché-Verre Process  

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Autograph Etchings by American Artists, Produced by a New Application of Photographic Art...Illustrated by Selections from American Poets

Ehninger, John W., compiler

New York

W. A. Townsend & Company



10 of 12 mounted cliché-verre, on albumen paper, interleaved with a leaf of poetry and tissue guard. (Folio) 34x27 cm (13½x10½"), original blindstamped brown cloth lettered in gilt on cover. First Edition.

This is the first published collection of American examples of the cliché-verre process... the use of drawing or painting on glass which was then used as a negative to make positive photographic prints without the use of a camera. The process was popularized in France by Corot, Millet, Rousseau, and Delacroix, and later used by other artists including Paul Klee. In his preface, Ehninger outlines the process, including his own improvements for rendering detail in skies and distant backgrounds. The photographic printing was performed by P.C. Duchochois. The missing plates are Durand's The Pool and Casilear's The Lake. Previous owner's name on front free endpaper.

Lot Amendments

Spine perished, boards and rear endpaper detached; light foxing to leaves; a few prints with hints of foxing, one titled The Puritan with light foxing; prints very good; overall good or better.

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