1871-1875 Album of Confessions +13 CdeV portraits
[Baldwyn or ‘Bo’ Francis FLEMING (b. 1844 (compilor)]. – [ELLIOT & FRY, MILLARD & ROBINSON, L. WERNER, A. LAFOSSE, (photographers)].
[Portrait album] “Album of Confessions”. [No place but U.K.: no date, but inscriptions dated 1871-1875]. Quarto (10 x 8 ¼ inches; 254 x 209mm). Gilt title, 15 card leaves printed in gilt: 13 pp. ‘Name Your Favorite’ with 24 questions (11 with manuscript answers in various hands), 15 pages with framed spaces for the insertion of a photograph (13 with carte-de-visite portraits inserted). (Some portraits cut to edge of the image, others shaved). Original red leather, blocked in gilt and black, ‘B.F.F.’ block ed on the lower cover, gilt metal clasp, gilt edges (worn, rubbed, hinges split). Provenance: Baldwyn Francis Fleming (binding).
The first ‘subject’ in the album is Baldwyn’s future wife Mary or ‘Minnie’ Roberts. She is quite forthright in some of her answers: Q. Who would you like to be? A. Why on earth shld. I care? Q. Who would you not like to be? A. How on earth shld. I know ? Perhaps more encouragingly for her future husband: Q. Men of the Time ? A. “Bo” [i.e. Baldwyn].