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Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1850-1880

Publisher: Montréal: Centre Canadien d'Architecture / Canadian Centre for Architecture, and MIT Press, Cambridge and London, 1993
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0262082209
Condition: New / New
Item #: 106686



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Maroon cloth-covered boards with title stamped in silver on cover and spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Eadweard Muybridge. Essays by Eric Sandweiss and David Harris. 140 pp., plus numerous multi-page gatefolds. 9-7/8 x 12-1/8 inches.


New in publisher's shrink-wrap. A Mint copy.


From the publisher: "In 1990 the Canadian Centre for Architecture acquired a copy of Eadweard Muybridge's rare mammoth-plate 'Panorama of San Francisco from California Street Hill.' Made in 1878 from the top of the Mark Hopkins mansion, this 360-degree photograph of the city, over five metres in length, was not only a remarkable technical achievement but a high point in the history of city view-making. Eadweard Muybridge and the Photographic Panorama of San Francisco, 1950-1880 is the first work to study Muybridge's panorama in depth, providing a context in which to situate and appreciate his achievement ... Great care has been taken in the reproduction of all the panoramas, so as to preserve as much as possible the intent behind them, often lost when reproduced piecemeal or on separate pages. Until now, very few have ever been adequately reproduced, owing to the complexities of presenting in book form panoramas of such detail and length. This is the first work to attempt this systematically, and to make possible a comparison of all the major creations in this thirty-year history of San Francisco's photographic panoramas, a period of the rise of a city and photography alike."