A significant album of 19th century architectural photographs comprised of 10 pages of descriptive introductory text , printed recto only, followed by thirty-two mounted albumen photographs on captioned card mounts, depicting various schools and other public buildings in Worcester including the Worcester Public Library, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Academy, the Highland Military Academy, and many others, the photographs primarily depicting building façades along with a few elevations and floor plans. Small oblong folio. Contemporary three-quarter green morocco with marbled boards, leather label to front cover, marbled endpapers. Some very light scattered toning and wear, minor chipping to some mounts at corners, crack along spine, edgwear and minor abrasions to boards, overall very good. Worcester (Charles Hamilton) 1873. Handwritten inscription by Albert Marble to title page.
A rare and wonderful source of early Massachusetts architectural photography, with a scattering of notations throughout from Marble himself. At the time, Marble was the Superintendent of Public Schools in Worcester. A note to the title page reads, "This volume was exhibited at the Vienna Exposition, 1873. APM." The 1873 Vienna Exposition brought together almost 26,000 exhibitiors from around the world under the motto of "Culture and Education." The full list of buildings depicted in this volume is as follows: Worcester High School House, Walnut Street School, State Normal School, Thomas Street School, Sycamore Street School, Providence Street School, New Worcester School, Salem Street School, Dix Street School, Lamartine Street School, South Worcester School, Edgeworth Street School, Woodland Street School, Belmont Street School, Ledge Street School, Worcester Public Library, College of the Holy Cross, Antiquarian Hall, Worcester Technical School, Highland Military Academy, Oread Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies, Worcester Academy, and an orphans' home. Incredibly scarce; as of June 2019, WorldCat locates only two institutional holdings of this volume. Book ID: 50013