DUPERLY, Armand and Son. Picturesque Jamaica … with descriptive text of the Island. Kingston, 85 King Street, [c. 1905].
Oblong large 4to. Original brown boards, lettered in silver; pp. 76, highly illustrated with full-page photographic images; very light marking to cloth, a few pages with tiny spots to one corner, a very good copy.
Very rare Jamaica-printed photographic documentation of life, scenery and architecture in the early years of the 20th century. The publishers describe themselves on the title-page as 'Leaders and Pioneer Photographers of the Island, established in 1840'. And indeed, the founder of the company, Adolphe Duperly, born in Paris in 1801, settled in the 1830s in Jamaica and published the first Daguerrotypes in 1840. He and his sons expanded the business into Central America.
COPAC locates only two copies, in the British Library and at Cambridge.