Souvenir du voyage a Pierrefort (Cantal), Juillet, 1889

[manuscript title, signed by the photographer/ traveler on the front endpaper]. Pierrefort, France, 1889. A photographic essaydescribing a summer trip into the Auvergne, as pictured in 30 photographs, mounted on rectos of successive leaves of thick cardstock, to form an album. The photographs are not captioned in any manner, but begin with three views of the village from nearby hills; there follow seven street scenes of houses, a cafe, and other businesses, all with town residents in doorways and lounging on outdoor chairs; eight views of country scenery, a small river or creek, fields with stone walls, a trio of picnickers near a small wooden bridge, and a tree-lined country road; two images of typical country houses, one with a woman peering out a window; two views of the picnickers on a stone bridge ahead of a field, one showing the trio joined by another man, the other by a man and a small child; two scenes of five welldressed men playing billiards; five views showing the woman picnicker in country scenes, joined in two by different men, in a third by the young child, in a fourth holding a hay rake, and, in the fifth, putting the rake to use in a field under a terraced hillside; the final photograph is a group portrait of nine children and adults, including at least two from others among these photographs. An elegant artifact of a late 19thcentury summer visit to a small town in south central France, captured in lovely vernacular photographs that call to mind paintings of the era. Some of the images are a bit faded, but a delightful photographic record. The photographer-compiler may have been the medieval and Roman Catholic Church historian named Paul Fabre. Original red morocco-backed pebbled cloth, gilt title, marbled endpapers "Pierrefort / 1889," on spine "P.F." (for the photographer) gilt-stamped in the upper cover. (#5203). Item #58221

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