[BIERSTADT (ALBERT and EDWARD)] A group of 30 topographical views from the White Mountain Series, albertypes, printed captions in the margins, 170 x 225mm., Boston, Forbes, [c.1884] (30)
Including: Summit House, Mount Washington; Double Head Mountain, Upper Bartlett; Diana's Bath, Near North Conway; Frankenstein Trestle, White Mountain Notch; "Jacob's Ladder," Mount Washington; Tip-Top House and Observatory, Mount Washington (illustrated); Bemis' Station, White Mountain Notch; Crawford House and Head waters of Saco River; A White Mountain Home on the Glen Ellis River; Echo Lake, and Profile House.
Edward and Albert Bierstadt travelled to the White Mountains of New Hampshire between 1852 and 1869 on at least six occasions to take photographs and sketch the area. Albert (1830-1902), a painter and photographer, was pioneering in his practical use of photography which he used to inspire and improve his paintings. Whilst honing his painting skills in Europe, Albert secured an innovative process for the Bierstadt Brothers' business which was developed by, and named after, the Bavarian court photographer, Josef Albert. The Albertype, whilst easy to mistake for a mass produced print, was the first workable collotype process and is reputed to produce prints "with fine half-tones" as featured in the present group. Bernard E. Jones' Cassell's Cyclopaedia of Photography (The Literature of Photography), 1973.