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Souvenir Photographique de Venise - PONTI Charles - 1900. 
1900 - PONTI, Charles [Carlo]. Souvenir Photographique de Venise. [Venice]: Charles Ponti, circa 1890. Oblong folio (18 by 14-1/2 inches), original blue cloth, all edges gilt. $5200.Superb collection of 30 large albumen photographic prints of views of Venice. Most images measure approximately 13 by 10 inches, finely printed and mounted on heavy cardstock."Every major Italian city""or famous locality""had its contingent of accredited photographers. Once they had acquired a firm footing, they spread out across the country and abroad". In Venice, the studio established by Carlo Naya grew enormously and turned out large-format architectural views, impressively composed. On a par with Naya was Carlo Ponti, another great publisher of topographical views of Venice" (Frizot, A New History of Photography, 159). Ponti (1823-93) was a Swiss-born photographer based in Venice (the title page notes that he was "optician and photographer" to King Victor Emanuel II of Italy. He is also known as the inventor of the megalethoscope, a viewing device for photographs. "Carlo Ponti's background as an optical-instrument maker complimented his natural artistic sensibilities, resulting in photographs that are among the finest made in 19th century Italy" ("Images of Italy," Mt. Holyoke College Exhibition Catalogue, 1980, 50). Text in French. A few images with minor spotting or marginal toning, most quite clean and fine. A bit of darkening to original cloth. Near-fine condition, a lovely collection of photographs of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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