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Album] Recueil de Planches en Couleurs

C. Vessolofski

Published by Poland
Condition: Very Good Minus Hardcover
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since June 4, 2009

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N.d., circa 1890. 4to. 31.5 by 24 cm. 75 leaves, with chromolithographic plates, cards, die-cuts or the like mounted on virtually all the rectos and some fo the versos. The purpose of this album would appear to have been to serve as a salesman's catalogue of some sort. We compiler we presume was C. Vessolofski, a name embossed in gilt on the spine, and this might have been an individual, a business name, or of course, both. Many of the prints are German, or have German text, with some in English, and a few even in Polish, and clearly, the prints were from many sources. Our best conjecture is that Vessolofski then might have acted as a middleman who would customize the prints for advertising and promotional purposes of the client business, similar to the way trade card salesmen operated in the U.S. or the U.K. In one instance the same image is represented in two different sizes, and one with a promotion in English, the other, in Polish, and this would appear to corroborate loosely our conjecture. In any event, this is a diverse, interesting collection of chromolithographs, many of which are nearly the size of the card leaf onto which they are mounted, and these are usually works of art. Most of these also carry captions with the title and artist's name. The subject matter of the chromos can be genre scenes, sporting scenes, cheesecake portraits (there is one of Lillian Russell), holiday-oriented, humorous or serious. Some of the card leaves have heavy-ish age toning, and a few are foxed. Some of the leaves are also detached. Generally the chromos are themselves well-preserved, and the binding itself is handsome, with its blindstamped Renaissance Revival aesthetic. Bookseller Inventory # 004644

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Title: Album] Recueil de Planches en Couleurs

Publisher: Poland

Binding: Full Leather

Book Condition:Very Good Minus

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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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