Album D'Ostende: Illustrators include Cham, Victor Eeckhout, H. Borremans, van Cuyck, Gerlier, ... Album D'Ostende: Illustrators include Cham, Victor Eeckhout, H. Borremans, van Cuyck, Gerlier, ... Album D'Ostende: Illustrators include Cham, Victor Eeckhout, H. Borremans, van Cuyck, Gerlier, ...
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N.d., circa 1860. A fabulous collection of hand-colored plates of the popular Belgian beach resort, with a mix of character studies (mostly of the local, non-fashionable citizenry), humorous genre scenes and views of the beach, the architecture, the beachgoers, the sea. 52 plates in all, all but one of which is hand-colored, the final plate is a folding tinted panorama of the beach looking in from the sea . Some of the beach scenes are evocative of Boudin. The mix of humor and more sober portraits lends a balance from which we can better approximate the culture and atmosphere at this early destination resort. And through the pictures we can sense the uneasy embrace of the vacationing bathers with the sea. The colored plates are all 13.5 by 10 inches, or 34 by 25 cm, including their margins. The plates are mostly clean, but there is some finger soiling and the like in the margins, and a few plates have chips and small chunks of card missing, never affecting the images. Rebacked with attractive green morocco. The contemporary cloth boards are soiled, with a few minor edge dings. No title, and no evidence there ever was one. Bookseller Inventory # 001956

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Title: Album D'Ostende

Publisher: J. Buffa, Bruges and Ostende

Binding: Half Morocco

Illustrator: Cham, Victor Eeckhout, H. Borremans, van Cuyck, Gerlier, F. Stroobant, J. Van de Putte, Baldisseroni, de Nestele (?) [spellings of these names somewhat elastic]

Book Condition:Very Good

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Antiquarian books of all kinds, with emphases on color plate books, decorative arts, foreign literature (German, French, Italian, Spanish), children's literature, philosophy, sporting (equine, hunting, shooting).

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