Re: Bierstadt patented in cover book stereo viewer
Don't forget the Frances Frith book "Egypt, Nubia and Ethiopia"
that was published in 1862!
No viewer (well, one was offered as a separate item: "The Stereoscopes specially adapted for use with this volume, compactly folded in an elegant pocket-book form, fit for the drawing room table, price 5s. and upwards, may be had of Messrs Negretti and Zambra)
It was illustrated with 100 albumen prints glued down to the pages! Quite a bit is known about the process and even who made the prints - but I've forgotten! :-) However, as well as a slightly incomplete copy of the book (with colour photocopies in place of the missing pages), I also have 30 or 40 of the print pairs that never made it into books...
Anyway, this domonstrates that creating books with a lot of
photographically illustrated images was perfectly feasible.
And, judging by the price of the viewer (5 shillings in 1962 is worth about £30 or $40 today...) the book was probably reasonably priced - but I don't know what the print run was. 100, perhaps? or 1000? I, personally, know of a few copies, so not as rare as the Syracuse book.
On 18/09/2020 17:16, David Starkman via groups.io wrote: