Edinburgh: John Ross and Company, 1874. Small 8vo (5½ x 3¾ inches). 216pp. 6 original oval albumen photographs mounted within printed and titled frame borders, original tissue guards preserved. Original Mauchline binding, lacquered wooden boards each with a photograph mounted at center, morocco spine with five raised bands and six compartments, gilt-lettered in one, a repeated geometric design in the remaining, all edges gilt. Some occasional foxing, a few stains to covers, light rubbing to spine bands and extremities. Item #401495
An early photographically-illustrated book in a Mauchline binding, with images of lochs, castles, and the Scottish landscape. The front cover image depicts Gray Sterling Bulwark of the North, and the rear cover has a photo of Silver Strand, Loch Katrine. Mauchline ware bindings originated in the Scottish town of that name in the 1830s. This decorative technique often used a transfer print of a wood engraving, many using a tartan pattern, on a lacquered wooden board. The photographs in this edition comprise: Loch Katrine; Loch-Achray and Ben-Venue; Pass of the Trosachs; Ellen's Isle; Duncraggan Huts; and Stirling Castle.