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Album by PITMAN, E, (Resmi Effendi etc) (1863)

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Author: PITMAN, E, (Resmi Effendi etc)
Title: Album
Year: 1863
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: London and abroad
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
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[pp] 100 Mid-Victorian young woman's album, probably by 'E Pitman' of Gosforth in Cumberland and Peckham in south London which bears testimony to Britain's internationalist outlook with its visiting cards from Berlin, drawing of a port in Anatolia, the plan of a house in Stuttgart, pressed flowers from Bex in Switzerland and two excellent 1860s albumen photographs of the Royal Naval School (now Goldsmith's College) close to Pitman's home in south London. Purple embossed boards (24x17cm) textured shiny endpapers and mixed coloured paper, all edges gilt. The contents which have been laid down on the album pages with some care include the visiting card - with inscription - of the novelist, Lady Emily Ponsonby, the visiting card of 'Selim Aga' (freed Sudanese slave who wrote an autobiography and accompanied Richard Burton on his African travels) and a signed card from 'Omer Effendi'. There are pages of mounted letter salutations and albumen photographs of a handsome Regency house at 'Seascale Gosforth Cumberland' and later of Holmrook Hall and grounds (home of uncle of Lewis Carroll and regularly visited by the writer) and Harecroft also in Gosforth. A charming drawing shows some kind of wedding procession taking lace in Gosforth. A poem about being welcomed to Berlin appears to date from around the time of the wedding of Princess Royal to Prince Frederick in 1858. Visting cards collected in Germany include George Gordon, Envoy to the King of Wurtemburg with pressed flowers from Bex in Switzerland and a charming drawing of what seems to be a wedding procession. There is a printed programme for an 1866 performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by the Royal Naval School Amateur Dramatic Society, New Cross, Kent preceding two narrow albumen photos of the school, now Goldsmith's College. There is a pencil sketch of Napoli de Romania in Greece, seen from the sea and an 1833 shipping manifest for 'the ship St Vincent' out of Smyrna (Anatolia) and a watercolour sketch from 1833 of a Turkish soldier. Montage of early stamps and the signatures of the letters that bore them including a two penny blue, six pence purple, penny red etc. Also a printed programme for a domestic performance in Peckham, south London, of Beauty and the Beast with a handwritten ticket for admission, December 31st, 1867.
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