[Albany, NY: 1862]. 5.25" x 8". Ten pages with 53 small oval sepia portrait photographs, most with names written in ink beneath them. Bound in a blank book containing about 120pp. Blue blind embossed cloth with gilt decoration and title on front cover [extremities worn], gilt decorated spine. Last few leaves loosening from text block. Light scattered foxing. Very Good.
Albany Law School was founded in 1851 and is one of the oldest independent law schools in the United States. Amos Dean, a lawyer and one of its founders, was its first Dean. His portrait is included here. A few of the other people depicted are Ira Harris [1802-1875], another founder of the school who also served in the U.S. Senate from 1861 to 1867; William Henry Holt [1842-1919], a Kentucky native and first judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; Nelson Frank Acers [1839-1908], who went to Kansas a few years after his graduation. He was appointed Internal Revenue Collector by President Cleveland; John B.J. Fenton [1842-?], a lawyer in Newburgh, New York, indicted for fraud. Arrest warrants were issued in March, 1874, but Fenton fled New York to evade arrest, having stolen more than $30,000. See, "Queer Proceedings by a Newburg Attorney - His Flight to Avoid Arrest" [New York Times, March 27, 1874.]. Item #30681