(GRANT, Ulysses S.) - The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co.
Seven Mile Funeral Cortège of Genl. Grant in New York Aug. 8, 1885 [cover title]
Boston: The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co., . Oblong folio. (13 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches). 99 mounted albumen photographs. 2pp. ads. Some minor browning and staining.
Publisher's black morocco, covers panelled in blind and lettered in gilt, repairs to joints
Rare published album of photographs depicting President Grant's final journey.
An elaborate memorial album, photographs depict Grant's house, the train carrying the coffin from Mount McGregor to New York, the procession in Albany, the temporary tomb in Riverside Park, various regiments marching to New York (including a view of State Street, Boston), the laying in state, army camps in Riverside Park, navy ships in the Hudson River, several views of the funeral procession in New York City including Fifth Avenue, floral tributes at the tomb, and crowds gathered there. There are also many photographs of Grant and his family including his last known photograph of Grant taken 19 July 1885, only four days before his death. The caption states in part, "For the first time, the old soldier.is seen with his eye glasses on, reading a newspaper. Our artist had taken the old hero several times before, by his permission, but it was in family groups and in constrained and unnatural positions.but when this last view of the great man was snatched from him, he was unaware of it, and it looks very natural.and shows the simplicity of the man more than volumes of writing could do."
The The U.S. Instantaneous Photographic Co. firm produced several versions of the present album, with varying numbers of prints, for display in hotel lobbies on complicated custom-made cast iron display stands. The present album with more images than usually found and is numbered "No. 9" on the front pastedown. The album is rare, with only 8 extant examples located by OCLC and only three other examples in the auction records for the last 40 years.