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Printed Book 'The Life and Labours of John Mercer ...', by Edward A. Parnell, London, 1886

Inventory Number: 12669
Object Type:
Persons: Edward A. Parnell (Author)
John Mercer (Subject)
Date Created: 1886
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1979-38
Brief Description: Edward A. Parnell, The Life and Labours of John Mercer, F.R.S., F.C.S. etc. The Self-Taught Chemical Philosopher ... (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886).

Contents include (see separate entry): woodburytype portrait as frontispiece.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Lent by Mrs S. M. North in 1979. Part of the Mercer archive.
Collection Group: North Manuscripts
Material(s): Paper
Card
Cloth

There are no associated narratives.

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Photograph (Woodburytype) of John Mercer, 1886 (Originally Taken 1850s)

Inventory Number: 12669
Object Type:
Persons: Edward A. Parnell (Author)
John Mercer (Subject)
Date Created:
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1979-38
Brief Description: Woodburytype mounted on card and bound as frontispiece of Edward A. Parnell's book 'The Life and Labours of John Mercer ...' (published 1886), though in fact it is bound before the half-title. Portrait of John Mercer, seated three-quarter length, turned to left. Mercer died in 1866, so the original photograph was probably a collodion glass negative taken in the 1850s; the woodburytype was probably made from it directly, as the detail in the head is very fine. An earlier print of the same photograph, on textile, is 12670; it shows the original photograph untrimmed, but has far less detail.
John Mercer (1791-1866), chemist and textile printer, was the inventor of the mercerisation process of calico printing, and also himself an early photographic experimenter.
Primary Inscriptions: Facsimile signature on mount below photograph.
Provenance: Lent by Mrs S. M. North in 1979. Part of the Mercer archive.
Collection Group: North Manuscripts
Material(s): Paper
Card
Cloth

There are no associated narratives.

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