NP: NP, ND (ca 1880). Original photograph(s). Hardcover. Oblong folio (16 x 20 1/2").  leaves. 19th-century quarter blind-stamped cloth over floral decorative wooden panels, with light green lettering to front cover.
Striking 19th-century photo-album containing 90 albumen prints (including 81 mammoth plates) by the celebrated Fratelli Alinari.*
The photographs are mounted on heavy cardstock and are essentially pertaining to the art, historical monuments and landscape of the stunning city of Florence, Italy.
The first half of the album shows various views of Firenze and its monuments, including:
- General view of the city (2 prints)
- The Palazzo Pitti
- The Palazzo Medici
- The Palazzo Vecchio
- Giotto's Campanile
- The Baptistry (with two splendid prints depicting Lorenzo Ghiberti's monumental doors).
- The Duomo
- The Cathedral
- The Uffizi Palace (outside views)
- Piazza della Signoria (several views, including one depicting the famous fountain of Neptune, and one showing the equestrian statue of Cosimo I de Medici.
There are nine photographs of statues as monuments in the city or exhibited at the Uffizi, including the statue of Benvenuto Cellini (by himself), Cellini's "Perseus with the head of Medusa," Pietro Cipriani's "Venus de' Medici", the Apollino, and Giambologna's "Rape of the Sabines."
There are a number of unidentified albumen prints showing a charming village crossed by a river (1), ruins of a castle on top of a hill (1), church portals (8), streets and courtyards (5)
The second half of the album focuses on the art at the Camposanto of Pisa, and the Galleria degli Uffizi and displays views showing Francesco Traini's "Trionfo della Morte" (Triumph of Death), and Piero di Puccio's "Padre Eterno" (Eternal Father), as well as 39 prints depicting artwork from some of the most renown masters of the Renaissance, such as Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, Andrea del Sarto, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, etc..
Of the 90 albumen prints, the first 57 depicting various views and monuments are mammoth plates, with size varying from 10 1/4 x 13 1/2" to 12 1/2 x 17".
Some faint scratches to covers. Offsetting and foxing along edges of endpapers. Sporadic foxing to fly leaves, and along edges of plates (not affecting the albumen prints). The margins of plates 3-18-49, and 56 have been expertly repaired. Binding in overall good to good+, interior in good to very good, albumen prints in very good condition. g to vg. Item #41818
* Founded in Florence in 1852 by Leopoldo Alinari and his brothers Giuseppe and Romualdo, "Fratelli Alinari" is the oldest firm in the world working in the field of photography, the image and communication. The birth of photography and the story of the company go hand in hand in their development and growth, as attested by the immense Alinari owned fund of 4,000,000 photographs collected in the Alinari Archives.