Leporello-style album housing 26 mounted "cartes porcelaines" with views of Victorian London from engravings by Wood, with captions in English and some in French, views include London Bridge, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Exchange, the Post Office, Trafalgar Sqare, the Hungerford Suspension Bridge, Hampton Court Palace, the British Museum, the Colosseum at Regent's Park, and the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. Oblong 16mo. Original embossed paper case. London (J.T. Wood) n.d. (circa 1855).
"Cartes porcelaines" was a name given to a glossy white cardboard whose surface recalled that of porcelain. Illustrations were engraved on lithographic stones before being printed on the cards. These cards first appeared in Belgium around 1840 and were only prevalent through the 1860s, when it became well-known that the use of metal powders and lead oxides were toxic for printers. Together with the inclusion of the Crystal Palace, which was built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851 but relocated next to Sydenham Hill in 1854, dating of the album is possible. Book ID: 48785