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Daguerian Excursions in Jamaica -Title Page

Daguerian Excursions in Jamaica -Title Page

Author: Duperly, Adolphe

Medium: Letterpress

Date: 1840

Shelfmark: Maps.19.b.12

Item number: Title Page

Length: 28

Width: 40.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Printed Text

This is the title page of Adolphe Duperly's 'Daguerian Excursions in Jamaica.' Duperly, who was born in Paris in 1801, appears to have spent some time in Cuba before arriving in Jamaica in 1824. By the 1830s he was established as an engraver and printer and, among other works, was responsible for the production of the illustrations to Isaac Mendes Belisario's Sketches of character in illustration?.of the negro population of Jamaica, published in 1837. It is not known when he took up photography, but the daguerreotypes from which this book was produced are perhaps the earliest known photographic views of the island. Duperly's firm became the most successful photographic studio in Jamaica. Adolphe died in 1865, but the business was continued by his son Armond and grandson Théophile, and continued at least into the 1920s.

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