Boston: E. Whitefield, 1889. First Edition. 8vo, pp. ,3-5,9-pp. including sixty-three chromolithographic plates (including frontispiece) and one heliochrome plate. Large quarto. Bound in original green cloth, stamped and lettered in gilt. Hitchcock 1396. McGrath, p.163. Bennett, p.112. Reese, Stamped witha National Character, 109. Bettina Norton, Edwin Whitefield (1977), pp.143-44. A fine copy, crisp, clean and tight. Item #57732
Of all of the Whitefield books, it is likely that this one records the largest percentage of houses that no longer exist. This volume is especially interesting for the frontispiece to the second (Boston, New England) part, a colored photographic view of the Old State House. A so- called "heliochrome," printed by the Heliotype Printing Co., the print is an early example of a colored photographic plate; in it, color has been printed on top of a photographic image, imbuing it with an "oddly three- dimensional quality" (Reese).