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[Anon. (Compiler)] [Photograph Album of Regimental Colours] 4to calf stamped in blind and gilt-lettered 'Britain's Pride' to red spine label, containing approx. 110 tipped-in 19th century b&w and sepia photographs of British army colours and standards, some featuring soldiers on parade etc, including in India and at Portsmouth in 1888. 194 leaves numbered in pencil (several blanks), ink mss. verse from Byron's Corsair to first leaf, two photographs in old transparent pocket loosely inserted. Very rubbed and scuffed, with frayed spine hinges, lacking clasps, viewing highly recommended.
This album was part of lot 489 at a Sotheby's sale of 12/07/55 (cutting from the sale catalogue pasted to first leaf). A note above the list of contents written by a former owner speculates that it once belonged to Capt. Oakes-James, and that some of the photographs were reproduced in Milne's book, offered with this lot. [With:] Milne (Samuel Milne) The Standards and Colours of the Army, from the Restoration 1661, to the Introduction of the Territorial System 1881, 1893, Leeds, Goodall and Suddick for the Subscribers, 8vo, number 47 of 200 copies, 29 plates, publisher's rubbed blue cloth gilt, upper hinge cracked.
[together with:] Ross (Andrew) Old Scottish Regimental Colours, 1885, Edinburgh, William Blackwood, folio, number 157 of an unspecified edition, frontispiece and 28 chromolithographed plates, publisher's rubbed red cloth, gilt lettering, head and tail of spine bumped, corners a little frayed. [&] McNair (Robert) The Colours of the Grenadier Guards, 1870, London, 4to, 21 chromolithographed plates, original scuffed and bumped printed red boards, blue cloth spine, contents a little foxed (4).
Provenance: Estate of Professor James D. Geddes.