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Very rare book of photographs of the trees and shrubs near Leny House, through the seasons

BUCHANAN, John Hamilton.
Photographs of trees and shrubs in the grounds of Leny Perthshire.
[Scotland], 1907. 4to (29.5 x 24.5 cm). With 50 platinum print photographs, mounted on gray cardboard, with the largest measuring ca. 15 x 30 cm, and the smallest ca. 9 x 12 cm; and a letterpress title-page and index.. All photographs protected by tissue guards. Contemporary green half morocco, gilt edges, decorated endpapers.
€ 6,500
Very rare book of photographs, showing the various trees and shrubs in the garden of Leny House, Perthshire, Scotland. The photographs show the garden change through the seasons with some pictures taken in the summer and others taken in the winter. Two photographs with an identical composition show a group of beech trees, with the summer version showing only the trees in front of green foliage. The absence of the background foliage in winter reveals a wide view of the Perthshire behind these trees, thereby making a complete new scene of the same group of trees.
The plot around Leny House had been property of the Buchanan family since the Middle Ages. It is centred around a Jacobean-style mansion, the result of an extensive rebuilt in 1845-1846, which can be seen on one of the photographs. The photographs were taken by John Hamilton Buchanan (1861-1919), a banker, amateur photographer, owner of Leny House and, judging from this publication, a great lover of his garden. The publication of this volume of photographs was apparently a private project, with only two others copies located (National Library of Scotland and Polesden Lacey). Nevertheless, great care was taken in providing a prestigious photo album, with the photographs being expensive platinum prints and a letterpress title-page and index. The index provides a list of all the photographs, sometimes identifying the photographed species and/or season.
With the spine slightly faded and rubbed; some foxing. An excellent copy of a very rare volume of garden photography.
WorldCat (1 copy).
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