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[Stephens (J.) Publisher]

PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS OF SOUTH AFRICA

Published: J. Stephens, [Cape Town], [No date, circa 188-

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Unpaginated, 11 plates, (1 double) on fold-out strip, a leporello.  

The term leporello refers to printed material folded into an accordion-pleat style. Also sometimes known as a concertina fold, it is a method of parallel folding with the folds alternating between front and back.  

Many leporellos are used as a way of telling a story, while others are purely visual. In the Victorian era, leporellos were quite commonly used as travel souvenirs, depicting beautiful, panoramic scenes of the places travellers had just seen. http://www.abebooks.com/blog/index.php/2013/05/16/leporello-and-concertina-books/ 

Green cloth, title and publisher in embossed gold lettering on front cover, spine repaired with tape. J Stephens, copyright on cover. No imprint and undated. 

Plates are lithographed drawings closely resembling photographs.  

Views include St. Georges Street showing buildings of Saul Solomon and Co., Government Printer till 1881; his insolvent business was wound up in 1886.

From A South African Bibliography, volume 5 (The Supplement), page 255. Commercial firms often issued view albums under their own names for publicity. Cape Almanacs list a John Stevens, general dealer at 10 Napier Street from 1877 to 1890's (possibly the publisher of this album?).                                                                                           

  • Overall Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo (170 x 100mm)
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
  • Contact Person: Paul Mills
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: africana@clarkes.co.za
  • Telephone: 021 794 0600
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