GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851. Reports of the Juries with 154 calotypes, Official catalogue and Medals.  Presentation Set to Commissioner P. Pusey in 9 volumes

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GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851

£ 80,000 - 100,000
US$ 110,000 - 130,000
GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851
Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851. Reports by the Juries on The Subjects in the Thirty Classes into which the Exhibition was Divided, 4 vol., 154 MOUNTED CALOTYPES, captioned on the mounts, images 175 x 224mm., 3 chromolithographed plates by Day & Son, some light occasional spotting, 1852; Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations, 1851. Official Descriptive and Illustrated Catalogue, 3 vol., 398 plates, a large folding a folding plan and the double-page view of the Shield presented by the King of Prussia, [n.d.]; First Report of the Commissioners for the Exhibition of 1851, 2 large coloured folding plans, and a coloured diagrammatic plate, 8 plates (2 folding, 5 of Medals), 1852; [Case containing the Five Exhibition Medals, together 9 vol. (including Medals), THE SET PRESENTED BY THE EXHIBITION COMMISSIONERS TO ONE OF THEIR OWN, PHILIP PUSEY, each volume with a specially printed presentation leaf, light red library stamps on the versos of titles, and verso of plates and occasionally elsewhere, bound in uniform red morocco over heavy boards by Riviere (some rubbing), lettered in gilt on upper covers and spines, imperial blue silk doublures with royal arms in gilt and the initials for Victoria and Albert entwined, gilt edges, the medal case to match with brass hinges and clasps and with the presentation printed in gilt on the case doublure, folio (347 x 25mm.), Spicer Brothers...W. Clowes & Sons, [1851]-1852

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  • A COMPLETE SET OF THE PRESENTATION ISSUE OF THE GREAT EXHIBITION CATALOGUE AND REPORT OF THE JURIES WITH 154 ORIGINAL CALOTYPES PRINTED BY NIKOLAAS HENNEMAN FROM THE NEGATIVES OF CLAUDE MARIE FERRIER AND HUGH OWEN.

    Nikolaas Henneman (Talbot's one time photographic assistant) was responsible for printing all 20,150 photographs needed for the Reports (assuming that the figure of 130 completed copies is true), from albumenised glass plate negatives and calotype paper negatives by Claude Marie Ferrier and Hugh Owen respectively. Henneman was commissioned by the Royal Commissioners and Executive Committee of the Great Exhibition to undertake the printing of the positives on Talbot's silver chloride paper. However, as Talbot commented at the time, "[the Committee] are so extraordinarily stingy, notwithstanding they have a surplus of £200,000, and make such hard conditions with [Henneman], that it is doubtful whether he will earn anything by his labour" (Gernsheim, p.207). If 130 copies were completed it is slightly surprising that sets are as rare as they seem to be.

    The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 remains in place today under its President HRH The Princess Royal, as a considerable source of grants for research in science and engineering, and enduring evidence of the importance attached to science and engineering at the time of the Exhibition, notwithstanding its later association with decorative and applied arts.

    Provenance: Philp Pusey (1799–1855), agriculturist, long-time Member of Parliament for Berkshire, and brother of the high churchman Edward Bouverie. Pusey established a formidable reputation as an agricultural improver, and it was probably no surprise that he should be chosen as a Commissioner, and given the responsibility for the agricultural implement section of the Exhibition. He arranged for 500 labourers to visit the Exhibition, generosity that was recognised by the presentation of a snuff box. It should be added that Pusey was a member of the first committee of the London Library (1840). See also front endpapers.
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GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851. Reports of the Juries with 154 calotypes, Official catalogue and Medals.  Presentation Set to Commissioner P. Pusey in 9 volumes
GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851. Reports of the Juries with 154 calotypes, Official catalogue and Medals.  Presentation Set to Commissioner P. Pusey in 9 volumes
GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851. Reports of the Juries with 154 calotypes, Official catalogue and Medals.  Presentation Set to Commissioner P. Pusey in 9 volumes
GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851. Reports of the Juries with 154 calotypes, Official catalogue and Medals.  Presentation Set to Commissioner P. Pusey in 9 volumes
GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851. Reports of the Juries with 154 calotypes, Official catalogue and Medals.  Presentation Set to Commissioner P. Pusey in 9 volumes
GREAT EXHIBITION, 1851. Reports of the Juries with 154 calotypes, Official catalogue and Medals.  Presentation Set to Commissioner P. Pusey in 9 volumes
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