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[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[India, 1870. Oblong folio. (11 1/2 x 18 inches). 90 mounted albumen photographs (70 by Bourne and 11 by or attributed to Shepherd & Robinson, all of India, the remaining images of the Alhambra by Laurent), nearly all with period manuscript captions, mounted recto only. Most images signed and numbered in the negative. Contemporary black morocco, covers bordered in gilt and blind, expertly rebacked to style, flat spine divided into six compartments by gilt and blind rules, lettered in gilt in the second compartment, marbled endpapers, gilt edges An important collection of photographs by the most influential landscape and architectural photographer active in India during the nineteenth century. Born in Nottingham, England, Samuel Bourne was an outstanding landscape photographer. He is now best known for his valuable and beautiful record of the Indian sub-continent. He wrote of photography that it allowed him to change the way he looked at the world: "...it teaches the mind to see the beauty and power of such scenes ... For my own part, I may say that before I commenced photography I did not see half the beauties in nature that I do now, and the glory and power of a precious landscape has often passed before me and left but a feeble impression on my untutored mind; but it will never be so again."Working in India between 1863 and 1870, Bourne made well over three thousand negatives (mostly using the collodian process) during his travels, which included three separate expeditions to the Himalayas. Major collections of his work are held by the British Library (India Office collection), London, and at the Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England.The present album is quite unusual in terms of its content, including many more images of Himalayan landscape than normally encountered. The Bourne images comprise (titles from the manuscript captions, with Bourne's negative number in brackets):1) Calcutta [1704]. 7 3/8 x 12 1/2 inches2) Calcutta [street scene with the Great Eastern Hotel at the far right, unnumbered]. 7 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches3) View on the Plains of India [1738]. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches4) View on the Plains of India [1739]. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches5) View on the Plains of India [423]. 9 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches6) Commander in Chief of British Forces in India in Travelling Carriage [unnumbered]. 9 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches7) State Elephants of the Governor General of India at Agra [unnumbered]. 8 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches8) Banyan Tree [1748]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches9) Benares [1168]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches10) Hindoo Astronomical Observatory at Benares [1171]. 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches11) Benares [1169]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches12) Palace of Akbar's Turkish Wife at Futtehpore Sikri [1276]. 9 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches13) Ancient Hindoo Temple at Birrabund [1305]. 9 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches14) Buddhist Figures cut in the rock at Gwalior [1328a]. 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches15) Elephant Tower at Futtehpore Sikri [1278]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches16) Akbar's Pillar in Council Chamber [1271]. 11 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches17) Gooriki Mundi or Temple of Hindoo Saint [1273]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches18) Panch Mahal [1275]. 9 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches19) Hindu Temple at Ramnuggur [1176]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches20) Lucknow [1051]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches21) Cawnpore - Scene of the Slaughter by Nana Sahib [1208]. 7 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches22) The Imambara at Lucknow [1052]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches23) The Residency at Lucknow [unnumbered]. 7 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches24) Memorial Monument at Cawnpore [1206]. 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches25) Gate of Mosque enclosing Tomb of Selim Chisti [1263]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches26) Tomb of Selim Chisti [1265]. 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches27) Marble Screen in the Tomb of Selim Chisti [1266]. [1265]. 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches28) Entrance Gate to grounds surrounding Tomb of Akbar at Secundra [1247]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches29) Tomb of Akbar at Secundra [1251]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches30) Upper portion of Tomb of Etmud oo Dowla at Agra [1234]. 9 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches31) Tomb of Mirza Jahangir [1365]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches32) Tomb of Nizam Oo Deen [1364]. 9 x 11 3/8 inches33) Tomb of Etmud Oo Dowla at Agra [1233]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches34) Jumma Musjid (or Mosque) at Delhi [1334]. 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches35) Ruins of Mosque near Delhi [1376]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches36) Lahore Gate - Fort at Delhi [1349]. 9 1/8 x 11 5/8 inches37) Remains of Hindoo Astronomical Observatory near Delhi [1367]. 9 x 11 5/8 inches38) Delhi Gate - Fort at Agra [1219]. 9 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches39) Dewan Khas (Audience Chamber or Throne Room) in the Palace within the Fort at Delhi [1350]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches40) Mosque [1351]. 9 x 11 5/8 inches41) Portion of Palace at Goridund [1312]. 9 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches42) Fort at Agra [1217]. 7 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches43) Palace of Akbar at Agra - the Taj Mahal in the distance [1221]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches44) The Motee Musjid [1229]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches45) Entrance Gate to the grounds of the Taj Mahal [1074]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches46) Taj Mahal [1077]. 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches47) Taj Mahal - side view [1080]. 9 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches48) Taj Mahal - from the river [1078]. 9 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches49) Tomb and Interior of Taj Mahal [1251]. 11 x 8 inches50) Simla - Summer [1793]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches51) Simla - Winter [1757]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches52) View in the Himalayas [1535]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches53) View in the Himalayas [1432]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches54) View in the Himalayas [1506b]. 11 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches55) View in the Himalayas [1432]. 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches56) View in the Himalayas [261]. 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches57) View in the Himalayas [unnumbered]. 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches58) View in the Himalayas [1529]. 9 1/4 x 12 inches59) Glaciers in the Himalayas [unnumbered]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches60) Source of the Ganges [1543]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches61) View in the Himalayas [1545]. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches62) View in the Himalayas [1452]. 6 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches63) Town of Dunker Himalayas [1461]. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches64) Scene in the Valley of Cashmere [unnumbered]. 9 5/8 x 11 5/8 inches65) Bridge of Twigs in the Himalayas [776]. 9 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches66) "Mussocks" - Inflated Skins of Bullocks for crossing rivers [unnumbered]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches67) Scene in the Valley of Cashmere [825]. 9 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches68) Scene in the Valley of Cashmere [unnumbered]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches69) Scene in the Valley of Cashmere [unnumbered]. 9 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches70) Mussocks [696]. 4 3/8 x 7 5/8 inchesThe India portion of the album closes with 11 ethnographic studies by Shepherd & Robertson, four signed in the negative and the remaining attributed. Shepherd & Robertson first established their studio in Agra in 1862; in 1864 the firm moved to Simla and was joined by Bourne; the firm's name changed shortly thereafter to Bourne & Shepherd. The present fine ethnographic images include several with the earliest version of the signature in the negative.71) Rajah and attendants. 7 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches72) Native servants or Kitmudgars. 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches73) Native servants. 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches74) Dancing Girls. 6 7/8 x 9 inches75) Weaver. Signed in the negative Shepherd & Robertson and numbered 1104. 7 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches76) Snake Charmers with cobras. Signed in the negative Shepherd & Robertson and numbered 1123. 7 1/2 x 9 inches77) Mountaineers of the Himalayas. 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches78) Natives of the Khyber Pass. Signed in the negative Shepherd and numbered 1387. 8 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches79) Natives of Thibet. 7 1/8 x 9 5/8 inches80) [Uncaptioned image of four armed natives]. Signed in the negative Shepherd & Robertson. 7 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches81) Thugs in prison at Jubbulpore. 8 1/2 x 11 1/8 inchesThe concluding 9 images are period photographs of the Alhambra, unsigned but by Juan [i.e. Jean] Laurent. Laurent, born in France but active in Spain as early as 1856, followed Charles Clifford as the best photographer active in Spain in the 1860s, known for his delicate treatment of architecture and masterful use of light and camera position.82) The Alhambra (Spain) with the Sierra Nevadas in the distance. 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches83) The Alhambra with part of the city of Granada. 7 x 10 inches84) Gateway of the Alhambra. 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches85) Gateway - Interior of Alhambra. 10 x 7 1/2 inches86) Entrance to the Court of Lions - Alhambra. 7 1/2 x 10 inches87) Court of Lions. 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches88) Court of Alhambra. 7 1/2 x 10 inches89) [Interior of the Alhambra]. 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches90) Granada. 7 1/2 x 10 inches.
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