Rubinstein, Anton, Cabinet Card Photograph Signed, no date, no place. Sepia-toned albumen print, 16.5 cm x 11 cm (mount) 14 cm x 10.5 cm (image), of Anton Rubinstein (1829 – 1894) as a young man circa 1860, seated, full-face and torso photograph. Taken by J. Ganz, Bruxelles, 38, rue de l’Ecouyer. Signed as, “Ant. Rubinstein.” Minor wear to corners of the mount, a tiny chip to the upper right-hand corner of the image, some irregularities in the application of the emulsion evident, and the glass negative had a small crack below the face on the great pianist’s coat. Browning to the verso of the mount. Considered by his contemporaries to be the greatest pianist in the world after Franz Liszt, who retired from concertizing in early middle age. Anton Rubinstein, however, continued to play in public throughout his life, making a highly successful tour of America in 1872 -73. This earlier image predates that success. A composer of 20 operas, 5 piano concertos, 6 symphonies, many chamber works, solo piano works and songs, Rubinstein is best remembered today as a legendary pianist, whose stamina for hours-long solo concerts and stupendous virtuosity remain unrivaled even by the Russians of today. Signed images of Anton Rubinstein are scarce, and signed images of him as a young man are rare.