(French, 1826-1900 and 1814-1876) HAUTE SAVOIE, LE MONT BLANC ET SES GLACIERS (SOUVENIR DU VOYAGE DE L'EMPEREUR ET L'IMPERATRICE) printed facsimile signature and series number on each mount credit blindstamp on each mount 24 mounted albumen prints in folio with title page listing plates each approximately: 101/4 x 153/4 in. (26 x 40 cm) 1860 PROVENANCE Private Collection, EUROPE This portfolio is widely acknowledged as a key pioneering achievement in landscape photography. The technical challenges faced by the Bisson brothers were considerable, making their success all the more notable. For, against the odds, they managed to make images that went far beyond the merely documentary. These are masterful compositions that brilliantly exploit graphic structure, tone and contrast and set a standard that has arguably not been surpassed.