Each of the five mounted photographs is preceded by a protective sheet of tissue paper in tact though wrinkled. The five photographs show a group of luminaries in the following fields: "Politicians Conservative," "Politicians Liberal," "Authors and Novelists," including Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Carlyle, "Science," including Charles Wheatstone, Michael Faraday, "Artists" including J. M. W. Turner, John Everett Millais, and Edwin Landseer. The page preceding the last group photograph of English Artists indicated that a second volume was anticipated "early in 1877." The artists' page has separated from the spine as has the first copyright page which is chipped along margins, creased and missing upper left corner. The pages are securely held together at the spine even though they have lost their cover. The albumen plates are somewhat light as might be expected. Various degrees of foxing throughout, chipped corners of the photographic boards. Overall condition is fair to good. A fascinating assemblage of 19th century English culture.