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THE BEKEN ALBUM, Beken of Cowes.

THE BEKEN ALBUM, Beken of Cowes, by William Collier (Atlas, 18 [pounds sterling], hb)

A powerful and influential family of marine photographers, the Beken's began their photographic archives as far back as 1885. The Beken Album which is clothbound, printed in duotone on fine, ivory paper, focuses on the pictures taken by Frank Beken at a time when Queen Victoria had established Cowes as her summer playground. The photographs are selected from an archive of 75,000 glass plates that span six decades. Each decade is catalogued and set in context as events and changes of the yachting world are witnessed. This is an enchanting album that pays homage to both a breathtaking archive and to the spirit of a bygone era.

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Date:Jun 1, 1999
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