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Views of Algeria, 1897

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Views of Algeria

Scope and Content of Collection

The album of 39 albumen photographs chronicles a French couple's tour through northern Algeria on horseback in May and June of 1897. Among the locations documented are Constantine, Touggourt, Fort National, Kabylia, and Port de Bougie (Bejaïa). Roman ruins at Timgad (Thamugadi), including the arch, the theater, and the forum are also represented. There are views of natural landscapes, including the Rummel and Tilatou rivers, a few of which include images of one or both of the tourists. A few photographs depict Algerians in native dress.

The photograph captions are written in a single hand, as is some ecstatic commentary on the pages containing no image.

The album has green morocco leather binding with decorative gold stamping and initial "P" in center of front cover. The slipcase is covered with black and orange marbled paper.

Captions are written in French on the mounts below the images; these have been used as titles for the photographs.

Arrangement

The photographs remain in their original order.




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