THE BRITISH LIBRARY Catalogue of Photographically Illustrated Books
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"The immense development of photography, its very great importance as a medium of expression for the diffusion of thought by images, animated or still, and its profound influence exercised by these two methods on the development of civilisation, has given to the world one of the greatest discoveries of all time."
- Georges Potonnie (Translated by Edward Epstean)
History of the Discovery of Photography, 1936

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