[ITALY AND NORTH AFRICA] Album with 49 large mounted albumen prints and six small.
Various photographers: likely collected 1884. Housed in old wooden boards overlaid with paper with Japanese characters. The larger images roughly 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches (210 x 270 mm); all on card mounts hinged with linen guards. Some toning, minor defects, boards detached.
An interesting album, the first two images are of the U.S.S. Ossipee and its officers. This screw-powered sloop of war was constructed for the Union Navy in 1861, and was recommissioned after a six-year hiatus in 1884, departing Hampton Roads on 30 April for the Far East, via Gibraltar and the Suez Canal, to serve on the Asiatic station. The images reflect the outgoing voyage, and were presumably collected en route by one of the officers. There are twelve images of Palermo, mostly by G.[iuseppe] Incorpora; four of Naples by G.[iorgio] Sommer; eleven of Gibraltar and points adjacent (most unsigned); six by Arnoux of the Suez Canal and Port-Saïd; and thirteen of North Africa and Egypt, most by Sebah. Given the presence of the Ossipee in Asian waters, the curious binding has likely always been associated with the album.
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