8 December 2015
[BRASIL -- PERNAMBUCO.] CARLS, Francisco Henrique. [Album de Pernambuco, cover title]. Pernambuco: F.H. Carls, 1880.
Oblong 4° (300 x 420 mm). Pictorial chromolithographic calendar for 1880 with Carls imprint and 36 colored lithographic plates. Original publisher's green cloth, gilt-lettered title and black and gilt-ruled borders on upper cover. Pernambuco: F.H. Carls, 1880.
A collection of impressive chromolithographic views of various buildings, streets, ports, churches, markets, villages, farms, etc., of the state of Pernambuco, situated in the Northeast of Brazil. This volume captures an exceptional record of life in Brazil during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The German lithographer Franz Heinrich Carls immigrated to Brazil in 1858 and eventually set up a lithographic printing house in Recife in 1861. Pernambuco was settled by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century and quickly became a prosperous state due to the sugar and cotton plantations. This album was first issued in 1873 with fifty plates. It was subsequently reissued, and no two copies contained the same complement of plates, with some copies having as few as 15 to 20. Brasiliana Itau pp. 328-329.
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