BALLIN, Auguste. Views of London etc. Artist's proofs. No publisher, c. 1870s.
Folio. Sometime rebound in half brown morocco preserving original endpapers, gilt borders to sides , spine with gilt raised bands and lettering; 67 proof engravings, some in several states, of London scenes, many stamped or annotated by the artist; occasional foxing, some quite heavy in margins, very good.
An album of proof plates signed by the artist to front pastedown. The painter and engraver Auguste Ballin (born 1842) was born in Boulogne but moved to London and exhibited paintings and engravings at the Royal Academy between 1872 - 1879 (see Benezit Dictionary of Artists). He became particularly known for maritime scenes and many of the engravings here represent London's docks and wharves, as well as scenes of the Thames. There is a particularly evocative scene of poachers catching fish in a net by moonlight (in two states) alongside a splendid depiction of Royal Navy ships of the line. Pasted in between some engravings are stubs recording Ballin's orders for a particular plate and which paper each customer has requested.
A fascinating insight into the commercial life of a Victorian artist.