[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg]. Ferdinand Bureau, photog.
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].
[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].

[Russia. Folio album of forty photographic views of monuments of architecture in Moscow and St. Petersburg].

[Moscow?, ca. 1870-1875]. Oblong folio, original maroon cloth covers, gilt title “Russia” on upper cover, re-backed and re-cornered in burgundy morocco; orig. gold and maroon patterned cloth-covered endpapers and flyleaves; a.e.g. 40 mounted albumen prints, averaging 8” x 10”, on 21 stiff leaves. The first 22 prints with elegant pen and ink captions in English, the remainder captioned in pencil in French.

An interesting collection of views, mainly of major architectural monuments, but also including street scenes and a few genre subjects (a troika in summer, ditto in winter, and a street vendor and customers in front of the Tsar Bell). The locations are Moscow (23), St. Petersburg (10) and Nijni Novogorod (5). Plus the two troika views. Two of the images are signed in the negative “F. Bureau.” This would be Ferdinand Bureau. Gary Edwards, in his International Guide to 19th Century Photographers gives the following on Bureau: “French, photos dated ca. 1865 – ca. 1875, albumen prints, topography, locations – Russia, Moscow.” Most of the photos are titled in the negative in Russian and in French; the first 22 have also been elegantly titled by pen and ink in English.

The Moscow views include: The Red Gates, Museum of Art, Loubiansky Square, Granite Palace, Petrovsky Summer Palace, Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, Cathedral of the Assumption, Red Square and numerous others (all identified). Views taken in St. Petersburg include the St. Peter and Paul Fortress, Smolna Monastery, the Winter Palace, Statue of Catherine II, The Admiralty, Chapel of Nevsky Prospect, Temple of Isac, etc. The city of Njinski Novogorod is located at the confluence of two major rivers, the Volga and the Oka; the five views of this city all use the river as the foreground. Nineteenth century photographs of Russia are rare in the marketplace.

CONDITION: Very good; some light foxing.

Item #2613

Price: $9,500.00

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