Everlasting Silver Leaves, from Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa [cover title]
[Cape Town, possibly J.H. Robinson & Co.], circa 1900.
Small octavo, a souvenir printed on card,  pages, all with printed decorative borders, comprising a decorative title-cover, an original gelatin silver photograph (105 x 145 mm), three mounted 'everlasting silver leaves' with printed decorations or messages ('Hearty Greetings' and 'To my Dear Mother'), with the last page designed for personal messages.
Trifling signs of handling; in excellent condition.
The photograph, featuring mainly artillery shells of various sizes (some of them identified), small arms ammunition, and shrapnel (one piece marked '66 Battery'), is signed in the negative 'B.W. Canby'. To say the image is incongruous in a souvenir greeting card specifically designed to be sent to one's mother is putting it mildly! Offered with a similar item: the cover title is the same, albeit gilt-pictorial and printed in gilt with the imprint of J.H. Robinson & Co.; both pages of the centrespread contain mounted leaves (those on the right-hand page have printed decorations or messages, this time 'To A Dear Friend' and 'Remember Me'); the last page is blank.