This rare exhibition catalog is illustrated with original gem-like small platinum prints. It was issued in an edition of forty.
From the letterpress introduction… The intention of the promoters of this exhibition has been to gather together, by careful invitation and selection, the best photographic pictures of the year. Such a system, it may be said, of invitation and selection is now, for the first time in the history of photographic exhibitions, initiated in England, although Vienna and Brussels have already adopted such an obviously rational course. The invitations have been limited, and addressed to those photographers only who are known to produce artistic results. So enthusiastic has been the response and so large the number of contributions sent in, not only from this but also from foreign countries, that the exigencies of space in our gallery have rendered the question of hanging the exhibits a somewhat embarrassing one. The space at our disposal has of course necessitated the exclusion of some contributors, but it is believed that such a necessity was anticipated by the exhibitors, and will meet with cheerful acquiescence. There can be little question that the title, “Photographic Pictures of the Year,” is one which is justified by the conditions under which the exhibition has been organized.
This Edition de Luxe has been prepared to form a memento of the Camera Club 1892 Autumn Exhibition, which it is hoped will be long remembered as a distinctive collection of photographic pictures. The issue is limited to 40 copies, the illustrations being all platinotype prints taken direct from reduced or original negatives kindly supplied by the Exhibitors. January, 1893.
London: Harrison and Sons, St. Martin’s Lane, Printers in ordinary to Her Majesty
This copy is No.4