# 42242

[LANGER'S BOOK ARCADE]

Newcastle, N.S.W. & district.

  • Sold

[Newcastle, NSW : Langer’s Book Arcade, ca. 1890]. Leporello album. Oblong duodecimo (100 x 145 mm), publisher’s cloth-backed papered boards decorated and lettered in gilt, lower board with illustrated advertisement for Langer’s Book Arcade; containing a concertina-style foldout with [24] panels of lithographed views, of which all except one (a bird’s-eye view of Newcastle) are after photographs; these include views of Newcastle’s civic buildings, Wallsend colliery, Minmi, the Borehole Mine at Hamilton, the Waratah Monastery and Deaf and Dumb Institute, the Wallsend School of Arts, etc.; the second panel is a view of Langer’s Book Arcade; a very good example, still housed in the original roan slipcase in which it was mailed from Sydney to the Pease family in Yorkshire in the 1890s (the family’s later ownership stamp is on the slipcase and at the rear of the leporello).

Langer’s Book Arcade, owned by bookseller and stationer R. Langer, first opened its doors on the corner of Hunter and Market Streets in February, 1888. The popular enterprise flourished for more than two decades until its closure in February, 1911.

Scarce. Trove locates only three copies of this charming leporello (SLNSW; SLV; Newcastle Region Libraries)

Australian leporello albums were attractive and popular tourist souvenirs that had their heyday from the late 1870s to the early 1890s. They were generally printed in Germany by arrangement with local booksellers and entrepreneurs, and it is probably no coincidence that at least some of these Australian retailers were German-speaking immigrants.