1894 Portfolio of Photographs of Famous Scenes, Cities and Paintings: Containing a Rare and Elaborate Collection of Photographic Views of the Entire World of Nature and Art, Presenting and Describing the Choicest Treasures of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America, the Old World and the New
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Early Edition, Illustrated
An early edition. Dated from the British Library. In a full decorative, embossed cloth binding. With a portrait frontispiece, and numerous, large, monochrome photographs throughout. A delightful work being a large collection of photographs. Featuring images of famous scenes and cities from across the world. The charm of this volume can be summarised in the volumes introduction: 'This series therefore may be likened to to some of those mosaic tables which we occasionally see in the palaces of Florence, whose polished surface is comprised of precious stones, each worthy of minute inspection, yet formed with the combination of artistic excellence all the most pleasing from its wonderful variety.' This work celebrates the vast and diverse places and objects of interest from a 19th century perspective. John Lawson Stoddard was a writer and lecturer whose is best remembered for his travel writing. With a prize bookplate from, 'St. Saviour's Bible Class', to the front paste-down.
In a full embossed cloth binding. Externally, smart with shelf wear to the extremities. Discoloration to the upper boards. Marks to the boards. Front hinge is strained but still firm. Bookplate to the front paste-down. Some loss to the bookplate. Offsetting to the free endpapers. Internally, binding slightly strained but still firm. Pages generally bright and clean with scattered handling marks throughout.
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