LOT 704
SOLD €160,00

[Bradford Grammar School] Festive album of the French schoolmaster Adolphe Domry,

commemorating his 25-year stay and career in England, made in Bradford, 1898, 6 thick cardboard leaves written on one side, 2 of which with calligraphed and gold-heightened tribute text, the other leaves with a total of ca. 80 autographs, bound by John Dale & Co, Bradford in gilt morocco, front board with window behind which gilt initials "AD", silk endpapers, all edges gilt, 21.5 x 19 cm.

Two loose sheets are inserted in the album. On one of these, Domry explains the nature of the album (presented by students and friends for the occasion of his 25th career anniversary, together with a watch and chain [not included]). On the second, Domry wrote a short biography, from his arrival in London in 1864 up to the 25th anniversary. He had started out as an au pair and teacher at a small school in Tottenham (room and board in return for a few hours' work), furthermore successively in Eltham (salary of 40 pounds), Loughborough, Lyminton (40 pounds, his successor was the "admirable poète bohémien" Paul Verlaine), Collège de Southhampton (50 pounds), London for Pension Berridge in the morning (60 pounds) and in the afternoon private tutor for the children of Comte Acard (who considered him part of the family). In January 1872 he was appointed professor at the Grammar School in Bradford (salary of 150 pounds). The list ends with the programme of the festivities and the gifts for his anniversary, incl. the album.

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