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[MEDITERRANEAN AND RUSSIA]
[Album with Fifty Original Photographs of Ports and Views in the Mediterranean and Russia made by a Crew Member of the British Steamer Nigretia].
Ca. 1910s. Oblong Octavo (ca. 17x21 cm). 25 card leaves. Fifty gelatin silver prints ca. 10x15 cm (4 x 5 7/8 in) inserted into the decorative pockets on the album leaves. Thirty-eight images with period ink captions on the mounts. Original publisher's black cloth album by "M.W. & Co. Ltd, London" with gilt stamped title "Photographs" on the front board and a printed title page "The Decorated Interchangeable Photo Scrap Album;" with a pencil inscription "J. Cartirs" on the title page. Spine rubbed and loose at hinges, endpapers and several mounts slightly soiled, but overall a very good album. An interesting album compiled by a crew member of the British steamer Nigretia (launched 1910) showing its commercial voyages to Russia and the Mediterranean, with a series of images taken on board the steamer showing its crew and cargo. The majority of photographs show Nigretia's voyages in the Mediterranean, showing Livorno (captioned as Leghorn), Bagnara (Calabria, Italy), Cagliari quay (Sardinia), St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice (mistakenly captioned as "St. Paul's"), ruins of Pompeii (five views), Nice (two views, including a photo of two American yachts in the harbour), the banks of the Bosphorus with Turkish fortresses, palaces, and the Ortaköy Mosque (three views). The Mediterranean coast of North Africa is represented with seven views of the Algerian ports of Bona (Annaba) and Honaine (with interesting images of construction works over the loading docks), and three views of Nigretia off Tripoli, including a group portrait of Arab workers on the steamer's deck. There are also four interesting images of the Russian ports of Odessa and Archangelsk with loaders at work and piles of wooden planks prepared for transportation; views of the Kiel Canal with the Levensau High Bridge (Germany, launched in 1895), the Port of Hull (Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire), two photos of Dartmouth, Devon, and a photo of Nigretia in the port of Charlestown, the United States. A series of photos taken on board Nigretia show its cargo deck, working crew members, and the interior of the salon with several senior officers posing.