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Original Victorian Photographic Album with working musical box incorporated into the album. Full leather over boards, padded front cover, and the album has been professionally restored at some point in the past, with a new plain leather spine. Externally, titled ornately to the front cover but what (I assume) was originally bright gilt, has dulled with age. Four brass studs on the rear cover to rest it on. Some light wear to the corners/edges, but overall, with the restored new spine, very sound and complete and near very good. All edges gilt. The musical box operates from the triple U shaped brass clasp holding the album together. Clasp doesn't 'hold' tight too well. Gold/black decorated endpapers. Only 7 'carte-de visite' cabinet photos in the book and the plain pages with the cut outs to hold the photos are pretty grubby/marked with some tearing/loss to the edges of some of the 'holders' where the original photos have been removed from. The Title page and 8 other full page 'leaves' arranged to hold just one photo, are beautifully and fully illustrated in chromolithography (glossy colour printing) with episodes in the Life of Gladstone. 20 sides for the photographs in total. NO Date - but the last date shown in the captions under the episodes on the chromolithographic pages is 1892, and as Gladstone died in 1898, so I'm pretty sure the Album has to be between 1892 and 1899. The rear half of the book is a 'false pages box', holding in the centre a glass covered hollow holding a cylindrical brass drum with steel comb. The Original Key is also held in the hollowed out 'box' in a (newer? ) brass holder. The key winds the spring through a hole in the rear cover, and plays when the album is opened. "William Ewart Gladstone was a British statesman of the Liberal Party. In a career lasting over 60 years, he served for 12 years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, spread over 4 terms beginning in 1868 & ending in 1894". Quite rare. This book is overweight, weighing 2.5 Kilos Unpackaged, and will require extra postage depending on your location. Please ask the seller for postal costs. See Images ; Thick 4to 11" - 13" tall
Title: The Gladstone Album. Victorian ' Musical ' Carte De Visite / Cabinet Photograph Album with Working Musical Mechanism.
Publisher: Bound in Germany., G. M. & Co. Ltd. Designed & Printed in England,: 1893
Binding: Leather bound
Book Condition: Good with no dust jacket
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 114643
Keywords: The Gladstone Album. Victorian 'musical' Carte De Visite Cabinet Photograph Album With Working Musical Mechanism. William Ewart Gladstone. Prime Minister Of Great Britain William Ewart Gladstone, FRS, FSS Was A British Statesman Of The Liberal Party. In A Career Lasting Over Sixty Years, He Served For Twelve Years As Prime Minister Of The United Kingdom, Spread Over Four Terms Beginning In 1868 And Ending In 1894. Victorian Cartes-de-visite Photograph Album And Working Musical Mechanism 8 Pages With Beautiful Chromothithograps Of Episodes In The Life Of Galdstone.