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    Nineteenth-Century Albumen Prints of
    Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and Belgium

    [Photography]. [Juan Laurent, and others]. Two Albums Containing 220 Albumen and Silver Albumen Prints of Views in Spain Switzerland, Italy, and Belgium. [Various places: late nineteenth century]. Two oblong large folio volumes (binding size: 11.75 x 16.25 inches; 413 x 298 mm.), each containing sixty leaves of heavy blue gray card stock (measuring 11.125 x 14.75 inches; 282 x 374 mm.). All leaves mounted on guards. Pages numbered vertically in pencil at upper edge of guards.
    Contemporary vellum over thick bevelled boards. Covers with an elaborate border consisting of a band of burgundy roan decoratively tooled in gilt between an inner and outer decorative gilt border; spine decoratively tooled in gilt; all edges gilt; gilt and brown decorative paper pastedowns and liners. Front joint of the first volume cracking at head of spine, rear joint cracking a foot of spine. Front cover of the second volume detached. Free endpapers and flyleaves foxed. Some additional scattered foxing and browning or soiling to mounts. A few prints with small abrasions or scuff marks. A wonderful collection of late nineteenth-century albumen prints, most likely documenting a European tour. Several prints have apparently been removed from the albums. From the library of John Carroll Collins.
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    The first volume contains 121 albumen prints, most likely the work of Juan (or Jean Laurent (1816-1889), measuring in size from approximately 3.75 x 2.375 inches (94 x 61 mm.) to 10.125 x 14.5 inches (257 x 367 mm.), mounted on rectos and versos of sixty leaves, numbered 361-480, containing views of landscapes, buildings and cathedrals, works of art, and portraits in several cities in Spain (Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, Madrid, Escorial, Burgos, and San Sebastian). Print 439 has caption: "30 Madrid.-Le Palais-Royal, Vue de la cour d'honneur. L. I." and Print 459 has caption: "1585 L'Escorial.-Tapisseries du Palais, Bal rustique. Bayeu."

    The second volume contains 99 albumen and silver albumen prints by various photographers, most measuring approximately 8.25 x 10.875 inches (209 x 277 mm.), mounted on rectos and versos of sixty leaves, numbered 481-600, containing views of landscapes, buildings and cathedrals, and art, in Switzerland (Geneva, Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps, the Gothard Railway, Lucerne, the Lake of Lucerne, Interlaken, Constance, Chur, Engadin, Switzerland), Italy (Lake Como, Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore, Milan, and Turin), and Belgium (Antwerp). The final print is of the Steamship Westernland Red Star Line. Loosely laid in is an albumen print of the Lion of Lucerne.

    Together with a handwritten index for each volume, written in pencil on twenty-eight pages (rectos and verso of fourteen leaves) of ruled legal size paper.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
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