UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s]
Lot 144*
UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY
"360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s]
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 24,148) inc. premium

Lot Details
UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s] UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY "360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", [1880s]
UNITED STATES - PHOTOGRAPHY
"360 Photos of American Scenery. Collected by Norman Selfe on the Spots Represented in 1884", title in coloured inks on opening leaf, 292 albumen plates (7 largest 380 x 530mm., and smaller), mounted between 1 and 10 per page (recto only), most captioned in ink, 5 defective, contemporary half morocco, g.e., worn, covers detached, oblong folio (455 x 610mm.), [1880s]

Footnotes

  • FINE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD OF A TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES UNDERTAKEN BY EADWEARD MUYBRIDGE'S COUSIN THE AUSTRALIAN ENGINEER NORMAN SELFE IN 1884. Includes seven large plate images of street architecture in San Francisco, a good series relating to logging and mills in the Redwood, California and Washington Territory, and other landscape and architectural views.

    Images include: New Zealand (12, including 2 good city views of Auckland; 4 of White Terrace captioned in the negative, by George Dobson Valentine); Honolulu (4, including "The Kings Palace"); California, including San Francisco (7 large views, comprising 3 captioned "Street Architecture" showing streets of half completed wooden houses; one of a large wooden house overlooking the bay; 3 captioned "Californian Architecture" depicting a grand palace-style house, 380 x 530mm.; 25 smaller, including views of the grand "Robber Baron" palaces of Hopkins, Stanford and Crocker, Palace Hotel, etc.), San Rafael (12, one panoramic view, 11 of large wooden houses), Humboldt Bay (6, including "2 Street, Eureka" and Redwood Mills, and good series of 6 depicting logging in Redwood Forest, these 240 x 340mm.); Oregon State and Washington (12, most numbered in the negative), Columbia River Scenery (4, including "Upper Cascades and Indian Block Houses"), Vancouver and Washington Territory (15, including 7 Port Blakely mills, 2 other mills, views of Victoria, New Tacoma and Seattle), American steamers (10), Yosemite Valley (13, of which 7 signed by Fiske in the negative), Nevada ("Boca Brewery near Reno"), Salt Lake City, Utah Territory (7, all captioned in the negative), Colorado (37, all captioned in the negative, 4 signed W.H. Jackson, many of the others attributable to Jackson), Chicago, Illinois (11), St. Louis, Missouri (6), Washington D.C. (7), New York State (43, including 9 of Rochester; 11 of New York City; 8 of Albany), White Mountains, New Hampshire (3), St. Lawrence (6), Canada (27, including Montreal, Toronto, Niagara); Series of 12 signed in the negative by Taber of San Francisco; good studio portrait of a seated Chinese man (190 x 130mm.), portraits of native Americans ("Squaw", "Indian Chief", "Squaw and Papoose on Tramp", each approximately 140 x 100mm.).

    Provenance: Norman Selfe (1839-1911), Australian engineer and urban planner. Selfe was born in Kingston-Upon-Thames, close to his cousin the photographer Eadweard Muybridge. In 1862 Muybridge had correspondence with Norman's father, Henry Selfe, relating to patents on two of his inventions. Selfe undertook a two year exploration of America and Europe during 1884-1885 before returning to Sydney to establish his successful engineering practice and build in 1888 his own house "Amesbury" which certainly appears to have been influenced by the large houses he saw in California and which feature in the present album; Haberfield School, ?Sydney, small circular stamp in one margin.

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  • There are 11 images by Taber (2 defective), not 12 as stated. As viewed
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