NP: NP, ca 1893. Original photograph(s). Hardcover. Oblong Octavo. 23 (2) plates. 45 photographs (4 1/2 x 6 1/2"). String-bound three-quarter brown leather over textured black leather boards with blind-stamped lettering on cover, containing 45 pasted down original photographs of ships from across the world participating in the World Colombian Exposition in Chicago, 1893, and its aggregate events in New York, Norfolk, etc., celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the new world.
Various events along the East Coast were scheduled to celebrate the anniversary. In Norfolk Virgina thirty-eight ships from ten nations gathered for the celebration, New York arranged for the International Naval Review at Hampton Roads and a Naval Land Parade on 5th Avenue on opening day, April 26, 1893. Our album contains photographs of thirty-two ships, including replicas the Santa Maria, the Nina and La Pinta, the latter built at Spanish shipyards to sail to America. The Santa Maria, Nina and La Pinta continued on to Chicago. Thirteen additional photographs depict international Naval divisions participating in the Naval Land Parade on 5th Avenue in conjunction with the opening of the World Fair. All photographs are uniformly captioned in contemporary handwriting, except the replicas of Columbus' ships.
The ships attending the event and depicted in the album were the Infanta Isabel, Spain, carrying the Duchess of Galliera Infanta Eulalia, youngest and last surviving daughter of Queen Isabel of Spain. She was received by President Grover Cleveland at the White House. The Infanta Isabel stayed on in New York as a part of the Grand Naval Review there. The Dimitri Donskoi, Russia, visiting Philadelphia, Boston and Newport, Rhode Island. The Van Speyk, Holland, the Etna, Italy, the U.S.S. San Francisco, H.M.S. Tartar, Seeadler, Germany, Hussard, France, the U.S.S. Vesuvius, U.S.S. Miantonomok, the Kaiserin Augusta, Germany, Gerneral Admiral, Russia, H.M.S. Australia, Neuva Espana, Spain, Giovanni Bausan, Italy, the Rynda, Russia, the U.S.S. Philadelphia, the Aquidaban, Brazil, the U.S.S. Charleston, U.S.S. Chicago, H.M.S. Blake, the Arethusé, France, Jean Bart, France, Nueve de Julio, Argentina, Reina Regenta, Spain, the H.M.S. Magicienne, the U.S.S. Newark, U.S.S. Baltimore, and the U.S.S. Atlanta.
Naval divisions participating in the Naval Land Parade and depicted in the album were the National Reserve, Sailors, U.S. Navy, Marines, English Navy, Marines, Argentine Republic, Naval Reserve, Sailors, Russian Navy, Sailors, Brazilian Navy, Marines, U.S. Navy, Sailors, Italian Navy, Sailors, German Navy, Sailors, English Navy, Sailors, U.S. Navy, and Sailors of the English Navy. Brown leather with some scuffing, back cover with some staining. Some penciled captions of names of ships at top of pages. Pages somewhat wavy with some foxing in margins and at edges, not affecting photographs. Some staining of last plate in margin, not affecting photograph. Blank plates with some foxing. Dealer sticker on inside back cover. Binding and plates in overall good-, photographs in very good condition. g- to vg. Item #47114