Group of five albums of albumen prints prepared by the banker Paul Warburg from images gathered during his 1891-92 world tour. Each album bound in matching black leather, titled on the upper cover and numbered on the spine (as follows), the albumen prints on linen-guarded card mounts. 1: Aegypten. 78 images plus a two-image panorama, most by Pascal J. Sébah or Gabriel Lekegian, four of the Suez Canal by Hippolyte Arnoux. 2: Indien. 122 images, almost all identifiable as by Samuel Bourne (or Bourne and Shepherd, the studio name after 1866); 3: Ceylon-China. 36 images of Ceylon by Scowen & Co., and 46 of China, not identified as to photographer but including an execution scene by Saunders. 4, 5: Folding three-panel panorama of Nagasaki harbor, 150 hand-colored images, most apparently by Kusakabe Kinbei. Bindings rather rubbed, that of the fifth with spine detached, some of the mounts in the second album with marginal dampstaining, not affecting the images. The image tones are generally very good indeed. Two adjacent images in one album have some adhesion damage; Together with two albums of approximately 100 albumen views of England and Scotland (about 50 half-sheet), not bound uniform with the previous but possibly from the same trip; And an album of views of Montevideo, Uruguay prepared in 1916, the cover stamped with Warburg's name. This additionally contains (laid-in) an unmounted group of ten images showing the U.S.S. Tennessee navigating the Panama Canal.
A magnificent series of travel albums, with some very fine images.
C The James P. and Joan M. Warburg Collection
Sold for $17,500
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