Les Merveilles et les Originalités Architecturales à l'Exposition 1900
4 pp. of text comprising a complete table of contents, followed by 100 numbered full-page cyanotypes attributed to Albert Lévy, depicting views from the Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900, including the Porte Monumental, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, the Pont Alexandre III, the Esplanade des Invalides, the pavilions of Italy, Turkey, Hungary, Finland, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Spain, the United States, and others, and various other structures from the Champ de Mars and Trocadéro, with the name and architect of each site listed in the table of contents. Some minor age-darkening and soiling to table of contents, images bright and clean. 4to. Boards portfolio, tie-bound, loss to some ribbon ties, some minor soiling, fading, and rubbing to boards. N.p. (Paris - Albert Levy?) n.d. (circa 1900). The cyanotype process was developed in 1842 by the scientist and astronomer John Frederick Herschel, and is a photographic printing process often used to create blueprints and copies of notes, or even prints of objects from nature. The cyanotypes in this volume are attributed to Albert Lévy, a prolific French photographer and editor as well as a pioneer in the field of architectural photography. He focused his work in Europe and the United States, and was one of the first photographers to have studios on both sides of the Atlantic. These striking images convey the beautiful and classical exuberance of the Belle Epoque, as it was so famously expressed at the 1900 Exposition. As of August 2016, WorldCat locates five institutional holdings in North America. (Inventory #: 48563)
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