London: Mechi and Bazin, 1860’s.
An attractive carte de visite album in the gothic style; bound in richly embossed morocco edged in brass with brass clasps and elaborate brass bosses. The album is full, with 41 cdv’s and 6 tintypes. Twenty-seven of the images are identified -- some examples are Laura N. Agnew and William P. Agnew; Anne Van Bergen Nash and Henry Nash; Laura Hawks Noble and George W. C. Noble. The backmarks are from scattered areas, St. Louis, New York, etc. There are several from Macclesfield (England) including two beguiling images of a fireman in Macclesfield labeled “Grandfather Livingston” -- one image has him wearing his helmet and the other his cap; both are tinted. The front joint has been discreetly reinforced. The album was produced by Mechi and Bazin in London; in 1863 their advertisement in The Cornhill Magazine asserted that they had on sale “The largest stock in London of Carte de Visite Portrait Albums” [The Cornhill Magazine, No. 40-42; April - June; 1863].