Chester: Catherall & Pritchard, Eastgate Row, n. d. [c. 1865]. Morocco. A fine album of views by one of the preeminent photographers of the nineteenth century. Oblong royal 8vo (180 × 249mm): 16 interleaved albumen photographs from collodion negatives, each mounted on card with gilt fillet border and title printed in brown. Original green cloth, upper cover blocked and lettered in gilt, cream moiré end papers, title page printed in red and black. Including views of Warwick Castle, Guy’s Cliff, Kenilworth Castle, Stoneleigh Abbey, and Stratford-upon-Avon (including Shakespeare's house). Scattered light foxing to some plate mounts, but plates completely unaffected. A tightly bound, exemplary example. Near Fine+. Item #BB2031
Between 1865 and 1875, Catherall & Pritchard brought out thirteen oblong albums of Bedford's albums prints, including Photographic Views of Warwickshire, which came in both morocco and cloth, permitting the buyer to specify the number of prints to be bound, the usual numbers being 16, 20, 24 or 30. The Getty copy appears to be the deluxe issue, with 30 images bound in morocco. Francis Bedford was photographer to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales in the East. Some idea of his photographic progress can be estimated from the reference numbers on each plate; the present numbers, ranging from 591 to 668, suggest that his photographic tour to Warwickshire followed on from his travels through North Wales. The specially built carriage he used he traveled on is used as a prop in two of the views in this album. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).