Captain Kodak: A Camera Story (original 1899 edition). Alexander Black.

Captain Kodak: A Camera Story (original 1899 edition)

Boston: Lothrop, 1899. Third edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. hardcover in red cloth, lettered in gilt and lined in silver with tipped on front cover photo of a woman and two boys holding early cameras. Third edition stated, same year as the first as only 1899 date appears. Title page printed in red and black. 287 pp. Illustrated throughout with full page photographic plates as well as smaller photos in the text. Scarce in any original edition. About very good, small moisture stain lower front cover and some fade to the spine strip; some margin fingering to the first 10 or so pages of the text. Charming vintage bookplate front pastedown. Part novel, part detective tale, part travelogue; (from the preface)"...This is the story of the camera hobby; of an amateur photographer and his chums; of a boy's adventures in the company of his camera...". The son of a small town doctor wishes for a camera and when he receives it starts by photographing the circus that is in town but also takes pictures of a mysterious factory fire. His photo plates disappear, Detective Dobbs enters the case, the two follow clues to New York where there are some arrests. We also are introduced to Coney Island, some of Buffalo Bill's Indians, a football game, etc., all involving the taking of pictures. Author Alexander Black (1859-1940) was a journalist, photographer and writer whose interest in photography led him to the lyceum circuit where he would perform magic lantern shows in the 1880s. In 1886 he published a manual for amateur photographers. Most importantly, in 1894 he produced a pre-cinema "picture play" titled "Miss Jerry" which told the story of a girl Brooklyn newspaper reporter. The action was brought to life by a series of 100 revolving magic lantern slides somewhat in the manner of later stop-action photography. Very Good. Item #E24880

Price: $175.00

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