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BABOLAT, P. and LAROCHELLE.
Copy-letter ledger for the above firm, written from - 8 rue Gasparine, 8, LYONS, FRANCE, from APRIL 1886 to SEPTEMBER 1887, 497 leaves, mostly with one letter per leaf, occasionally with two or three, PLUS full INDEX of recipients.

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Original cloth-backed boards, text on thin paper, the first few leaves faded with the text hard to read, the final leaf with a hole and some loss of text, otherwise a very good copy.

*An exceptional survival of a complete correspondence of what appears to be a photographer or photographic accessories supplier in Lyons, covering the period from April 1886 to September 1887. The letters are all signed by Babolat [a local name] - his partner, Larochelle, seems to have parted company fairly early in the correspondence. All the letters are written in a fine and legible hand, dated, and each with the recipient's name and address; where relevant, the occupation is also given, for example, photographer or optician. Included amongst the former group are the following names - DELOY, Montpellier - DELAHAYE, Nice - MARGUERIT, Alais - ECOSOY, Le Mans - NUMA BLANC, Madrid & Paris - Mdme. LARCHER, Cholons. Most of the correspondents are in France, but Babolat also writes to suppliers in London. Many of the letters include lists of material required - chemicals such as pyrogallic acid, lens of all kinds [Dallmeyer's, portrait], plaques Lumieres, photographic books [ROBINSON, ABNEY, EDER, DUMOULIN], sensitised paper, carte de visites [10,000 at a time!] etc. Other interesting matters are discussed - stereo-views, the use of electric light. Many of the letters are requests for payment, many give priced lists of goods supplied. Overall, the ledger contains a wealth of material to be extracted, giving a rare insight into the commercial side of photography in provincial France some fifty years after the beginnings of the art.

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Stock No. 54921

Price: 300.00

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