I received the book last night, finally. This is a really good book! I will have to agree with 36cm2 (OP) that the quality imagery produced in the 1800s was quite spectacular.
Allen- I have been to some galleries and saw prints of Dorothea Lange, Imogen, Ansel Adams, Minor White, and others. Great experiences for sure, but it's still nice to have this book to browse through for reference and inspiration on the go.
In fact my photo mentor (photography professor) was a student of Minor White.