“SHARPER OR MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN THE EXTANT PHOTOGRAPHS”: SCARCE 1885 SOUVENIR ALBUM OF SALT LAKE CITY, A SPLENDID ACCORDION-FOLD EDITION WITH 25 VIEWS OF THE CITY AND ITS LEADERS
(SALT LAKE CITY) (SMITH, Joseph). Souvenir Album. New York: Adolph Witteman, 1885. Small oblong quarto (3-1/2 by 5 inches), original gilt-embossed blue cloth. $650.
1885 pocket-size souvenir photolithographic album of Salt Lake City, featuring 18 accordion-fold panels with 25 views, including a double-page panorama Salt Lake City featuring the Temple and Tabernacle, splendid individual views of each, major architectural sites and thoroughfares, mages of the home and grave of the late Brigham Young, portraits of Joseph F. Smith, John Taylor and other leaders, a Mormon family portrait and much more, in original gilt-embossed blue cloth.
This splendid pocket-size souvenir album of Salt Lake City features wonderful views of the city, its legendary leaders, and highlights of its major buildings in 18 luminous accordion-fold photolithographic panels. This scarce album was published by New York’s Adolph Wittemann, whose elegant albums were produced in Germany by Glaser and Frey, known for using “a multi-stone lithographic process to achieve a monochromatic effect that seems to have been rare if not unknown among American lithographers. Using five or more stones, they laid down a series of separate shades ranging from white to light sepia-gray to the darkest sepia-gray or black. The finished lithograph has a varnished look that creates greater illusion of depth… sharper and more attractive than the extant photographs… These albums constitute one of the more important visual records” of late 19th-century America (Ron Tyler). Containing a double-page panoramic view of Salt Lake City that shows the Tabernacle and Temple, individual views of the Tabernacle and Temple (with caption: “when completed”), home of the late Brigham Young and his grave, major buildings, a Morman family portrait and portraits of Joseph F. Smith, John Taylor, Orson Pratt and George Q. Cannon. Front photolithographic panel with printed copyright date of 1885 at lower edge. Each panel captioned in English; four-pages of publisher’s ads at rear.
Panels fresh and bright, a few paper folds expertly reinforced; minimal edge-wear, faint soiling to bright gilt boards.