BURNHAM, S.W. Two photographs taken through the Lick Telescope, San Jose, CA, comprising: first photograph of the Moon (at 5 days) taken through the Telescope, gelatin silver print (155 x 125 mm) mounted, printed by Roberts & Fellows "on Anthonys' Aristotype Paper," (CHECK),
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BURNHAM, SHERBURNE WESLEY. 1838-1921. 2 views of the Moon, at 5 and 6 days, from the Lick Observatory, San Jose, CA, August 12 and 13, 1888,
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BURNHAM, SHERBURNE WESLEY. 1838-1921.
2 views of the Moon, at 5 and 6 days, from the Lick Observatory, San Jose, CA, August 12 and 13, 1888, the first a gelatin silver print mounted, 6 x 5 inches (155 x 125 mm), printed by Roberts & Fellows "on Anthony's Aristotype Paper," printed caption below, the second an albumen print mounted, 6¾ x 5½ inches (170 x 140 mm), captioned below in pencil.

The view from August 12 is the first photograph taken through the telescope at Lick, a 36-inch refractor. "Aristotype" was an early term used interchangeably for gelatin- and collodion-coated paper (the latter being briefly in vogue) as these new emulsions overtook albumen.
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