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Antiquariaat A. KOK & Zn. B.V.
Oude Hoogstraat 14-18
1012 CE Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Sascha Kok


+31-20-6231191 +31-20-6231191



Album with some of the finest examples of early American photolithographs
[Album] [American shipping] Detroit, Detroit Publishing Co [&] Detroit Photographic Co, 1900-1905. Album with 29 handcoloured photolithographic views on 15 plates (2 folded on 2 sheets / 1 folded on 3 sheets), depicting the major ports of the United States. Dimensions (single-page) 19 x 43 cm; 19 x86 cm. (double-page); 129 x 19 cm. (New York harbor). All views with caligraphed captions on preceding leaves & some with (later?) added text on loose leaves in typoscript. Rebound in modern black imit. leather. Oblong. - One plate (port of New york repaired). The album contains the following views: Holland-America Line Piers (Hoboken); Liner leaving New York (S.S. Noordam); Landing cotton at New Orleans (with Mississippy steamer); Sailing ships, San Francisco / Landing cotton New Orleans; Algiers, New Orleans, Schooner; San Francisco Harbor; Sound, Great Lakes & River steamers; Loading iron ore on the great lakes / Buffalo Harbor scene; Iron ore, Port of Cleveland; Scenes on the great lakes; Saint Mary's Canal (Michigan); Pensacola Newport News; Pensacola Harbour (folded double-page); A shipbuilding at Newport News (folded double-page); Port of New York (east river, Brooklyn Bridge) / Statue of Liberty (folded triple-page).

The Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livinstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography

Late in 1897, Livingstone persuaded the accomplished American landscape photographer, William Henry Jackson, to join the firm. This added thousands of negatives produced by Jackson to the Detroit Photographic Company's inventory. Jackson's collection included city and town views, images of prominent buildings, scenes along railroad lines, views of hotels resorts, and the like. This album seems to be a collation of some of their finest views, all printed on large formats, and most in fine condition. Some of the negatives for these views are kept in the library of congress. However, the more interesting views from this album (New York, San Francisco) do no not appear to have survived as negatives in the library. Therefore, some of the views in this album are very rare. This collection represents shows some the finest examples of early American photography and could be regarded of great historical value.
Exhibitor: Antiquariaat A. KOK & Zn. B.V.

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