Louis Napoléon album

Louis Napoléon album

Bound volume

Louis Napoléon album

ca. 1862
Bound volume with albumen silver prints
Overall: 12 1/2 × 9 1/16 × 2 15/16 in. (31.8 × 23 × 7.5 cm)
Gift of Eastman Kodak Company, ex-collection Gabriel Cromer
1981.1205.0001-0048
DescriptionContains one hundred eighty-five albumen silver print cartes-de-visite portraits of well-known individuals of the Second Empire in France (1852-1870), including royalty and nobility, ministers, senators, clergy, and military, along with men and women artists. Bound in brown decorated leather stamped in gilt and blind with monogram NL and imperial coat-of-arms in gilt.

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Inscriptions Embosed in gilt on front cover, recto, C: NL

Inscribed in pencil, on label applied to front endpaper, recto, TR: 7-3
Stamped in purple ink, front endpaper, verso, BL: Eastman Historical \ Photographic Collection | 175-427 [numerical inscribed in ink]

Inscribed in pencil (Cromer's hand) on front fly-leaf, verso, TR: Cet album, timbré au chiffre et aux armes \ de l'Empereur, provient apparement d'un de ses familiers. \ Il ne contenait qu'un certain nombre de portraits; \ je l'ai complété, en le remaniant, avec d'autres figures \ de l'époque.
[Translation: This album, stamped with the arms of the Emperor, apparently comes from one of his relatives. It contained a certain number of portraits; I have completed it, by reorganizing it, with other figures of the period.]

Printed in gilt, below every cartes-de-visite insertion slots on every album page: W.M.Bé. S.G.D.G. G.R. & Co. PATENT.

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