Four mid/late 19th century albums containing two hundred and forty (240) photographic images including portrait CDVs and landscapes in Wales, Venice and India. 1st-3rd items: Three (3) small albums with one hundred and fifty-one (151) cartes de visite (CDVs) and albums prints pasted to cards. The images depict individuals such as Queen Victoria, family groups, religious and political figures, including one (1) depicting Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet with cut signature, old master artists, writers, historical landmarks such as Bodelwyddan Church, Denbighshire, Wales and Venice, Italy, reproductions of paintings and sculptures, and other scenes of interest. Studio marks to cards are not visible, each card holder stamped "G. R. & Co PATENT." in gilt lettering, below image. All but one (1) housed in albums. Albums bound in tooled green and red cloth with brass tone hinges and brass tone and ivory celluloid embellishments, gilt edged card holders. and housed in a tooled brown leather box with gilt borders and navy cloth lining, stamped "W.&J. Milne…Edinburgh" in gilt lettering, underside of lid, embossed "W. S. Photograph" top of lid. Albums – 6 3/8" H x 5 3/8" W x 2 1/2" D. Box – 6 1/2" H x 8 3/4" W x 7 3/4" D. 4th item: Large album with eighty-nine (89) photographic images, including cabinet cards, cartes de visite (CDVs), and albumen prints. The images depict individuals, family groups, historical scenes, Indian historical figures, and two (2) scenes taken in India, including one (1) of a woman on horseback and one (1) of the same woman driving a one person horse-drawn carriage with three servants in the background, both photographs taken before the same building facade. Studio marks include those for British photographers such as Henry Spink, Brighton, Hills and Saunders, Eton, and W. Perry, Sandgate, American photographers such as Norval H. Busey, Photographic Art Gallery, Baltimore, and Indian photographers such as Molkenteller, Hammes and Company. Album bound in tooled brown leather with gilt pictorial designs to covers, gilt edged card holders. 11 3/8" H x 9 1/4" W x 2 3/8" D. Provenance: The collection of internationally known ragtime pianist and historian Johnny Maddox, Gallatin, TN. CONDITION: 1st-3rd items: Photographs with foxing spots, fading, etc. to be expected from age. Wear, stains, tears to albums, one green album with loose hinge plate. Box with scratches, wear, areas of loss to leather, lock is broken. 4th item: Photographs with foxing spots, fading, etc. to be expected from age. Album with wear, fading to leather, overall mothball smell, pencil retail price inscription, front end paper. Lock is broken to album.
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