RIGA - Album Riga [cover title]. Riga, C. Schulz, [1880s].
Concertina-folded photographic album (oblong small 8vo) with 16 original photos mounted on carton, publisher's captions in ink in German, cloth joints, extending to a length of 330 cm (height 9 cm) and folding back into the original grey cloth folder, covers ornamented in blind, lettering and coat-of-arms in gilt on upper boards; these a little rubbed; a few joints repaired, internally only occasional light spotting.
The album opens with two double-page panoramas, before detailing mainly the commercial architecture of the 19th century, as well as the theatres and the busy harbour. The city of Riga was an important Baltic trading place, now the capital of Estonia, with a population composed of mainly Germans, Jews and Russians. 'Carl Anton Schulz was born February 21, 1831 (d. 1884) and was schooled as an artist. His sons also joined him in his photography business - Oskar, with a studio in Libau ..., Arthur, in Dorpat (Tartu, Estonia); and Eduard in Riga - the pictures of scenes of Riga from the late 19th and early 20th century attributed to C. Schulz's studio were taken by Eduard. Their photographic atelier exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, and at the 700th anniversary of Riga exposition in 1901' (Center for Baltic Heritage, online).