Melbourne, Schutze, Steffens & Co., [late 1880s].
Octavo (190 × 145 mm, being the external dimensions of the covers), a 13-panel leporello (panel size approximately 182 × 136 mm, with overall dimensions 182 × 1770 mm) containing 21 high-gloss sepia-toned views of Sandhurst, comprising a four-panel panorama, 3 full-panel illustrations, 7 half-panel illustrations and 10 quarter-panel illustrations; the rear pastedown contains an advertisement for the publishers.
Quarter cloth and gilt-pictorial high-gloss light blue papered boards lightly marked, slightly chipped on the edges, and a little worn at the corners; the contents are in fine condition.
'The Bendigo Advertiser' (28 November 1889) contains the following short notice: 'Photographic Views of Sandhurst. We have received an album of photographic views of Sandhurst from Messrs Schultze [sic], Steffens and Co., of Melbourne. They are the finest photographs of the city we have yet seen. These views may be obtained at any of the stationers in Sandhurst'. The images are not photographs, but highly glazed reproductions of lithographs based on photographs, and this form of souvenir, often printed in Germany, is very much a product of its time. In this album, 'Messers Schutze, Steffens & Co., 272 Little Collins Street, Melbourne' announce that they 'Publish Albums of Views of Melbourne, Sydney, Ballarat, Sandhurst, Geelong, to be had retail at every Bookseller, Stationer & Shopkeeper throughout the Colony'. That's the sort of thing publishers would say, but 126 years later, we can find no record of any examples of this particular item in Trove. Ferguson records similar sorts of things (see 5798 to 5808), some of which may well be by Schutze, Steffens & Co., but he makes no mention of this in any of his records, and he was unaware of this Sandhurst album. The misspelling of Schutze in the advertorial in 'The Bendigo Advertiser' doesn't make matters any easier for current researchers.