Lot 5: GARDNER, ALEXANDER (1821-1882) & MOULTON, HENRY DEWITT(1828-1893) Album titled "Rays of Sunlight from South America"Platinum House
October 4, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
GARDNER, ALEXANDER (1821-1882) & MOULTON, HENRY DEWITT(1828-1893)
Album titled "Rays of Sunlight from South America" containing 60 photographs of South America, comprising 38 picturesque views of public edifices, monuments, churches, and gardens in Lima, Peru, as well as an additional 32 images of the Chincha Islands, with a focus on the guano industry. Albumen prints, each approximately 6 3/4x8 7/8 inches (17.2x22.5 cm.), and the reverse, each with Gardner and Moulton's printed credit, the publisher's credit, the album title, and a caption, on mount recto. Oblong folio, gilt-pictorial leather with a contemporary backstrip, corners lightly worn; marbled end papers; all edges gilt. 1865
Notes: An introduction to the album discusses the included photographs's celebration of the charm of the Spanish cities on the Pacific coast with an emphasis on the remains of architecture not yet updated to reflect modern innovation.