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Thomas Annan
'OLD CLOSES AND STREETS: A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAVURES 1868-1899'
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Thomas Annan
'OLD CLOSES AND STREETS: A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAVURES 1868-1899'
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Thomas Annan
1829-1887
'OLD CLOSES AND STREETS: A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAVURES 1868-1899'
(Glasgow: T. & R. Annan & Sons, 1900, an edition of 100), a book illustrated with 50 photogravures, each with caption and date in letterpress in the margin, 1868-99. Folio, red buckram with the Glasgow city crest gilt-embossed and gilt-lettered spine (Truthful Lens 4)
The plates approximately 9 by 7 in. (23 by 18 cm.) or the reverse
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Catalogue Note

Scottish photographer Thomas Annan was commissioned by the Glasgow Improvement Trust to photograph the inner-city slums in advance of, and during, its urban modernization. The resulting images captured a decaying, overcrowded Glasgow, showing deleterious conditions ill-befitting the cosmopolitan city. These photographs have earned Annan comparison to Charles Marville, who received a similar commission in Paris just four years earlier. 

A landmark in the history of photographically illustrated books, The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow was published in three editions.  In 1871, Annan printed a handful of volumes comprising 31 albumen prints. In 1877, Annan published a volume of 40 carbon prints in an edition 60. A final, posthumous edition was printed in 1900 in two editions of 100 copies, one by James Maclehose & Sons and the other by T. & R. Annan & Sons, the photographic firm founded by Thomas Annan in 1873 and later held by his son, from which this volume is issued. This last edition of 50 photogravures features both Annan’s original images as well as those later made by the Annan firm in the 1880s and 1890s.

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