Album with 50 photographs from Algeria. Algeria, n.d. (c.1880) folio [312 x 432 mm] 25 ll., with 50 photographs mounted on boards. (size of photos +/- 210 x 270 mm) Contemporary leather album with embroidered Arabic lettering on front cover (Algiers or Algeria)
Interesting 19th-century photo album from Algeria. The photographs mostly show scenes from Algiers, but also Biskra, Blida, Bou Saada and Constantine. The album contains several architectural views such as the Casbah of Algiers, Mosque Sidi Abderrahmane, Palais d’Ete, the Great Mosque in the Marine Street, Jardin Marengo, Jardin d’essai du Hamma, the Sidi Kebir cemetery, the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania, Dar Aziza, Cemetery Abderrahman, Rue Kleber, Rue du Chameau, a tomb at Bouzareah, a Fountain at Bouzareah and a street at Biskra. There are also images from indigenous people such as a woman of the Ouled Nail tribe, an Algerian musician, an Algerian greengrocer, checkers players, an Arabian boutique, Arabic dancers, Kabyle people and a few landscape scenes such as Ruisseau des Singes (Blida), the gorges of Chiffa and the desert. Some of the photographs probably were made at the studio of Alexandre Leroux. – a few boards with chipped edges.