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Charming album with accomplished pencil and watercolor sketches and views
from France, Algeria and Spain

[ALGIERS & SPAIN]. J. M. (artist?).
[Views and people along the Mediterranean coasts of France, Spain and Algeria].
[London sketchbook used in the Mediterranean], 1881. Small oblong 8vo (8,5 x 13 cm). Album (sketchbook) containing 28 pencil drawings (1 double-page), 2 colored drawings and 4 watercolors (1 double-page ) with handwritten captions in English. Half checkered black morocco. With advertising label of "Lechertier, Barbe & Co. Artists colourmen and Stationers, Regent Street, London" with prices of the various sketchbooks for sale; at the head the artists(?) initials and date: "J.M. 1881". 70 pp.
€ 1,850
Very charming album, apparently made during a Mediterranean cruise ca. 1881. The cruise began in Marseille and ended in Biarritz:
The Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille (drawing); View of Palma de (Mallorca: deleted) Minorca (Menorca; or: Ibiza?; drawing); Two women in Algiers: one standing, one sitting (drawing); Sketch of a mosque in Algiers (drawing); Street in the old city of Algiers (colored drawing); Charming view of a café with people sitting outside under banana palm trees (colored drawing); Beautiful double-page view of the recently built (1872) Notre Dame dAfrique on a hill above Algiers (watercolor); Moslem cemetery in Algiers (watercolor); Beautiful watercolor of a street in Oran; "Les deux-Frères" in the harbor of Nemours (now: Ghazaoue) (drawing); The old harbor of Biarritz (drawing); "Moorish woman" with a description of her costume (drawing); pasted to inside back board: Plant ("Salide"?) (drawing).
The strap is frayed, but the sketchbook is further in very good condition.
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