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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.

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