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Cassell's Cyclopædia of Photography

Nature volume 88, page 409 (25 January 1912) | Download Citation



THE encyclopædic arrangement has both advantages and disadvantages. One important advantage is the possibility of including out-of-the-way matters that could scarcely be referred to in a systematic treatise without devoting an unjustifiable amount of space to their consideration. The editor has made the very most of this possibility, for we find such headings as “Bicycle” and “Contact Breaks,” the connection of which with photography is rather remote, and others, such as “Tea-tray Landscapes” and “Thought Photography,” which must occur very rarely indeed in photographic or any other literature. Of the few headings that we have sought for to test the inclusive character of the volume, the only ones that we fail to find are “Metallography,” a common enough word that stands for a very important branch of photography at the present time, and “Rainbow,” to which the reader is specifically referred at the end of an article on “Cosmical Photography.”

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