Stuttgart: E. Schweizerbart'sche, ca. 1854. Maull, Henry. No binding. Fine. Item #21060401
Darwin’s "On the Origin of Species" was still five years in the future when this photograph was taken, with Charles Darwin being 45 years of age.
This item an albumen photograph, the first photograph of Darwin to be printed on paper; earlier images of him include original artwork or daguerreotypes.
The photograph is mounted onto cardstock and was originally included in the second German edition of "On the Origin of Species" (Uber die Entstehung der Arten, published in 1863); in this book they credited the photograph to one “v. Buchner” (printed beneath the photograph). However, speculation is that Herr Buchner, while he printed the photographs for the German publisher, was not the actual photographer. Sources credit Henry Maull (possibly in partnership with George Henry Polyblank, and with the successor company was known as "Maull & Fox") as the original photographer(s), with a "probable" date of 1854 – apparently the records of Maull and Fox were lost in a fire, so a definitive date is no longer possible.
___DESCRIPTION: Albumen photograph, the image measures 5 5/8" by 4 5/8", mounted onto cardstock which measures 8 5/8" by 5 3/8". Originally published in the second German edition of "On the Origin of Species", thus is printed on the cardstock, below the image, the purported photographer (see details above), "Charles Darwin", and the publisher's name and city.
___CONDITION: Image is fine, clean and with no discernable wear; cardstock near fine with some light foxing.
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