- A fine copy apart from the following minor defects; a few scattered sm. stamps/ tickets; first few pages frayed/ dam.; preface loose. Worn along extremities/ corners/ spine.
= Taylor, Impressed by Light, p. 290-291: "Like many military men in India, Biggs became fascinated with archaeology, but he soon discovered the difficulty and uncertainty of sending manual copies of stone inscriptions back to London. Biggs was furloughed on sick leave in England starting in 1850 ... he watched his brothers practicing photography and it struck him 'that it would be a perfect method of copying the sculptures and inscriptions.' ... Biggs took lessons from Samuel Buckle and then presented his plan to the directors of the East India Company, who were so impressed that they traded him a complete new photographic outfit in exchange for his first album. He was appointed 'Government Photographer, Bombay' and was the first person to officially assume that position". Gernsheim, Incunabula of British photographic literature, 332. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LV.