Brandard, John (illus).
London. Chappell & Co., 1857.
Gift book, 14 x 10 inches, 136 pp. featuring music by Charles D'Albert and chromolithographic plates by John Brandard. Covers detached; heavy wear to extremities. Leather spine peeling and abraded. Decorative embossed cover with gilt lettering and decorative embellishments (overall light soiling and wear). Volume contains music for eighteen musical compositions by D'Albert with four (of five) chromolithographic plates after Brandard (with possible additional hand coloring) plus title page and gift presentation page also by Brandard; all six of the exquisite plates were printed by M. & N. Hanhart. Contents in good clean condition. The four large color plates in this volume represent illustrations used for cover art when D'Albert's compositions were published and sold individually. Space at the top and bottom of the chromo illustrations, left blank as published in the Album, would have been utilized in the sheet music's solo edition for printing the composition's title at top and, at bottom, publisher details. As preserved in the Album, the four chromolithographic plates (plus title and presentation pages) are in near mint condition. D'Albert's music with Brandard's illustrations are quite scarce in Album format. The four plates illustrate The Queen's Valse (a young Queen Victoria); Estelle (plate not present); St. Petersburg Quadrille (spelled on the Contents page as Petersburgh); The Sybil Valse; the Savoyard Polka. An uncommon publication with condition issues noted. Item #50908