[Paris]: ND Phot, ND (ca 1890). Original photograph(s). Hardcover. Oblong folio (12 x 16"). Contemporary 3/4 decorative calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering to front cover. Decorative endpapers.
Collection of twelve lively scenic views of Bordeaux, the famous French port city on the Garonne River, and hub of the famed wine-growing region, by the brothers Etienne & Louis-Antonin Neurdein (Frères Neurdein).
The album containing twelve mounted albumen prints taken circa 1880 to circa 1890, depict the following views of the booming city:
- A general view of the harbor from the Saint-Michel bell tower.
- The Porte de Bourgogne, or the "Gate of Burgundy."
- The Basilica of Saint-Michel.
- The City Hall.
- The Grand-Theatre.
- The pier of Saint-Jean harbor.
- Place des Quinconces.
- The Tourny Alleys.
- The Cours de l'Intendance.
- The Saint-Michel bell tower.
- The Porte Cailhau (Palace Gate).
- The Colonne des Girondins (The Girondist Column).
Each albumen print measures 8 1/4 x 10 3/4" , has its caption printed at lower margin of the image, and followed by "ND Phot."
Binding rubbed along edges, with sporadic abrasion to calf. Captions in French. Binding in overall good- to good, interior and albumen prints in very good condition. g to vg. Item #42062
The Neurdein Brothers (Frères Neurdein), Etienne (1832-1918) and Louis-Antonin (1846-1914), were French photographers. They initially worked with their father, photographer Jean César Adolphe Neurdein (1806-1867), who went by the psudonym Charlet, and then ventured out on their own in 1868. By 1875 they had formed a successful postcard publishing house. While Etienne directed the photo studio and specialized in portrait photography, Louis-Antonin went on many photographic expiditions, focusing on ethnographic and landscape photography in France, Algeria, Belgium and Canada. Louis-Antonin became a member of The French Photographic Society in 1884. The brothers won prizes for their work at the Exposition Universelle of 1899 and 1900. Photographs and postcards from the brother are usually signed either "ND Photo." or "ND"