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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]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]
[Important album containing 90 albumen photographs, predominantly landscape images of India, including views in the Himalayas, as well as ethnographic studies of its peoples]

[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: circa 1860-1870]. 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 inches
2) Calcutta [street scene with the Great Eastern Hotel at the far right, unnumbered]. 7 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches
3) View on the Plains of India [1738]. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
4) View on the Plains of India [1739]. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
5) View on the Plains of India [423]. 9 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches
6) Commander in Chief of British Forces in India in Travelling Carriage [unnumbered]. 9 1/8 x 11 3/8 inches
7) State Elephants of the Governor General of India at Agra [unnumbered]. 8 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches
8) Banyan Tree [1748]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
9) Benares [1168]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
10) Hindoo Astronomical Observatory at Benares [1171]. 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches
11) Benares [1169]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
12) Palace of Akbar's Turkish Wife at Futtehpore Sikri [1276]. 9 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches
13) Ancient Hindoo Temple at Birrabund [1305]. 9 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches
14) Buddhist Figures cut in the rock at Gwalior [1328a]. 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
15) Elephant Tower at Futtehpore Sikri [1278]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches
16) Akbar's Pillar in Council Chamber [1271]. 11 5/8 x 9 1/4 inches
17) Gooriki Mundi or Temple of Hindoo Saint [1273]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches
18) Panch Mahal [1275]. 9 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches
19) Hindu Temple at Ramnuggur [1176]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
20) Lucknow [1051]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches
21) Cawnpore - Scene of the Slaughter by Nana Sahib [1208]. 7 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches
22) The Imambara at Lucknow [1052]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
23) The Residency at Lucknow [unnumbered]. 7 5/8 x 12 1/2 inches
24) Memorial Monument at Cawnpore [1206]. 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
25) Gate of Mosque enclosing Tomb of Selim Chisti [1263]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches
26) Tomb of Selim Chisti [1265]. 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches
27) Marble Screen in the Tomb of Selim Chisti [1266]. [1265]. 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 inches
28) Entrance Gate to grounds surrounding Tomb of Akbar at Secundra [1247]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches
29) Tomb of Akbar at Secundra [1251]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
30) Upper portion of Tomb of Etmud oo Dowla at Agra [1234]. 9 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches
31) Tomb of Mirza Jahangir [1365]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
32) Tomb of Nizam Oo Deen [1364]. 9 x 11 3/8 inches
33) Tomb of Etmud Oo Dowla at Agra [1233]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches
34) Jumma Musjid (or Mosque) at Delhi [1334]. 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
35) Ruins of Mosque near Delhi [1376]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
36) Lahore Gate - Fort at Delhi [1349]. 9 1/8 x 11 5/8 inches
37) Remains of Hindoo Astronomical Observatory near Delhi [1367]. 9 x 11 5/8 inches
38) Delhi Gate - Fort at Agra [1219]. 9 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches
39) Dewan Khas (Audience Chamber or Throne Room) in the Palace within the Fort at Delhi [1350]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
40) Mosque [1351]. 9 x 11 5/8 inches
41) Portion of Palace at Goridund [1312]. 9 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches
42) Fort at Agra [1217]. 7 1/4 x 12 1/2 inches
43) Palace of Akbar at Agra - the Taj Mahal in the distance [1221]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
44) The Motee Musjid [1229]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches
45) Entrance Gate to the grounds of the Taj Mahal [1074]. 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches
46) Taj Mahal [1077]. 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches
47) Taj Mahal - side view [1080]. 9 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches
48) Taj Mahal - from the river [1078]. 9 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
49) Tomb and Interior of Taj Mahal [1251]. 11 x 8 inches
50) Simla - Summer [1793]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches
51) Simla - Winter [1757]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
52) View in the Himalayas [1535]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches
53) View in the Himalayas [1432]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
54) View in the Himalayas [1506b]. 11 5/8 x 9 1/2 inches
55) View in the Himalayas [1432]. 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
56) View in the Himalayas [261]. 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
57) View in the Himalayas [unnumbered]. 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
58) View in the Himalayas [1529]. 9 1/4 x 12 inches
59) Glaciers in the Himalayas [unnumbered]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
60) Source of the Ganges [1543]. 9 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches
61) View in the Himalayas [1545]. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
62) View in the Himalayas [1452]. 6 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches
63) Town of Dunker Himalayas [1461]. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
64) Scene in the Valley of Cashmere [unnumbered]. 9 5/8 x 11 5/8 inches
65) Bridge of Twigs in the Himalayas [776]. 9 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches
66) "Mussocks" - Inflated Skins of Bullocks for crossing rivers [unnumbered]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
67) Scene in the Valley of Cashmere [825]. 9 3/8 x 11 3/4 inches
68) Scene in the Valley of Cashmere [unnumbered]. 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches
69) Scene in the Valley of Cashmere [unnumbered]. 9 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches
70) Mussocks [696]. 4 3/8 x 7 5/8 inches

The 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 inches
72) Native servants or Kitmudgars. 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
73) Native servants. 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
74) Dancing Girls. 6 7/8 x 9 inches
75) Weaver. Signed in the negative Shepherd & Robertson and numbered 1104. 7 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches
76) Snake Charmers with cobras. Signed in the negative Shepherd & Robertson and numbered 1123. 7 1/2 x 9 inches
77) Mountaineers of the Himalayas. 8 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches
78) Natives of the Khyber Pass. Signed in the negative Shepherd and numbered 1387. 8 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches
79) Natives of Thibet. 7 1/8 x 9 5/8 inches
80) [Uncaptioned image of four armed natives]. Signed in the negative Shepherd & Robertson. 7 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches
81) Thugs in prison at Jubbulpore. 8 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches

The 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 inches
83) The Alhambra with part of the city of Granada. 7 x 10 inches
84) Gateway of the Alhambra. 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
85) Gateway - Interior of Alhambra. 10 x 7 1/2 inches
86) Entrance to the Court of Lions - Alhambra. 7 1/2 x 10 inches
87) Court of Lions. 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
88) Court of Alhambra. 7 1/2 x 10 inches
89) [Interior of the Alhambra]. 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches
90) Granada. 7 1/2 x 10 inches.

Item #28093

Price: $35,000.00