September 2016 - Travel Photography - Albums, Collections & Panoramas


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1. [AFRICA - ALGERIA]
[Album of over 150 Original Albumen Photographs Which Document an Early Rail and Horseback Trip Through Algeria including Oran, Tipaza, Constantine and Timgad, Showing Cities and Towns, Historical Ruins, Landscapes and Portraits of Local People].

Ca. 1880. Oblong Folio (ca. 31,5x40 cm). 30 stiff dark green album leaves. Over 150 original albumen photographs, the majority ca. 6,5x9 cm (2 ½ x 3 ½ in.), eight ca. 5x7,5 cm (2x3 in). Images mounted on recto of album leaves, four with captions. Included is a detailed colour lithographed map of North West Africa, showing Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco and showing railways and submarine telegraph lines. Period style green gilt tooled quarter morocco with green pebbled cloth covers. Some album leaves with some mild traces of moisture on bottom edge of leaves but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
This album of unique private photographs documents an early tourist journey through Algeria by a British traveller, which begins with the arrival at the port of Oran, a railway trip towards Tipaza (Algiers-Oran railway line completed from 1857-1878), followed by a railway trip to Constantine and ends with a horseback trip to Timgad. Included in the album are several photographs of the Santa Cruz church in Oran. Over 10 photographs of Tipaza highlight the Roman ruins including the Basilica and the Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania (Tombeau de la Chrétienne). Over 30 photographs capture views of Constantine and four of its bridges. Over 10 photographs capture ruins in Timgad. Other photographs of interest include views of the countryside during the journey, such as local agriculture and roads, over 10 images of local people working or travelling on foot or with their horses, and several images of the European travellers including one that shows a “Grand Hotel des Bains, Hammam Birha” cart.
$1850USD

 


2. [AFRICA - GUINEA - CONAKRY]
DESCHACHT, A.
[Album with Eighty-three Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Conakry, French Guinea Titled on Front Cover:] "Conakry" La Perle de l'A.O.F.

Ca. 1915. Oblong Folio (ca. 30x40 cm). 48 stiff grey card album leaves. Eighty-three gelatin silver photographs mounted on forty-eight leaves. Most photos ca. 17x23 cm (7x9 in) but some smaller and oval. Most images with the blind stamp of A. Deschacht, Conakry, Guinee Francaise. Original patterned beige cloth with gilt title on embossed on front cover. Cloth covers with some mild wear at extremities and front joint split, but overall a very good album with strong and sharp images.
This historically interesting album of Conakry, French Guinea includes strong images of the port with ships and boats of various sizes, street scenes and government and colonial buildings including the Public Works and Mines building, the Chargeurs Reunis Building, Grand Hotel including its grounds, public park with fountain, several views of the ocean promenade, Lazaret, Bally Hospital, Mosque and a Muslim ceremony, an historic church, the main market, the post office, the railway station and office building, a railway bridge, the lighthouse, the radio station, river scenes including local women washing clothes and many other images of local and colonial buildings and landscapes. Additionally there are many images of French colonists and also of the native inhabitants as well as thirteen oval images of Guinean women. "Conakry became the capital of French Guinea in 1904 and prospered as an export port, particularly after a (now closed) railway to Kankan opened the large scale export of groundnut from the interior" (Wikipedia).
$3750USD

 


3. [AFRICA - KILIMANJARO & SOUTH SUDAN]
[Album of Thirty-five Original Gelatin Silver Photographs and one Real Photo Postcard Documenting an Early Ascent of Kilimanjaro and a Nile Voyage in the Sudan on a Steamer from Khartoum to Juba].

Ca. 1930. Oblong Octavo (ca. 12,5x20 cm). 10 stiff card leaves. With thirty-five mounted gelatin silver photographs each ca. 11x7 cm (4 ½ x 3 in). All captioned in white coloured pencil on mounts. With one real photo postcard ca. 9x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in). Period grey stiff card boards with printed title "photographs" on front cover and tied at spine with cord. Album mildly worn at extremities and with a minor stain to front cover, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
An interesting album documenting an early summit ascent (most likely one of the first couple of dozen) of Kilimanjaro which was first summitted by Hans Meyer on 6 October 1889 and was only rarely summitted until the late 1930's when it started becoming more popular to climb. The second part of the album documents a Nile River voyage on a Steamer in the Sudan from Khartoum to Juba and includes many ethnographic images of people of South Sudan from the Dinka, Nuba, Shilluk and Nuer tribes. The interesting images in this album include: Mount Kibo, Kilimanjaro, Tanganyika Territory, 19,313 ft, view from distance of 15 miles from below Marangu; Porters at 900 ft.; On the Saddle, 12,599 ft,; Ice Crust; 19,200 ft.; uncaptioned group portrait; Scree at 19,000 ft.; On slopes of Mwenzi; Ice crust, edge of crater; In the crater; W. Whitely 9000 ft. ; W. E. Neal 9000 ft.; Yeomans & Howarth after crocodiles near Khartoum, Blue Nile; S.S. "Omdurman" & 6 barges; S.S. " Zafir"; Steamer pushing through Sudd; Fleeing the camera at a landing stage; Dinka girls at C.MS. mission; Watching steamer arrive, Juba; Nuba; Nuba; Shilluk; On southern border; Dinka man; Dinka men; Nuer man in front of hut; Shilluk man with spear; Dinka men holding hands; Two Nuer men with white man in shorts & topi; Nuer woman; Nuer man and women; Group of 8 Nuer girls; Three Nuer girls with white man in shorts & topi; Two Nuer women with white man; Nuer woman with white man; Real photo postcard of Nuba warriors in Kordofan (by Karakashian of Khartoum).
$850USD

 


4. [AFRICA - MADAGASCAR]
[Album of Sixty-six Large Original Albumen Photographs Showing the Region Between Tamatave (Toamasina), Antananarivo and Andevoranto in Central Eastern Madagascar, Including Three Panoramic Folding Views of Antananarivo (2) and Toamasina (1), and Images of Local People and Important Landmarks].

Ca. 1886. Oblong Folio (ca. 26,5x35 cm). 32 beige album leaves. Three folding panoramic albumen views (2 Antananarivo & 1 Toamasina) ca. 15x58 cm (6x23 in) to 15x38 cm (6x14 ½ in), and sixty-three albumen photos each ca. 15,5x21 cm (6x8 in). Photos mounted on recto and/or verso of album leaves. All images numbered and captioned in period manuscript ink on mounts. Period style maroon gilt tooled half morocco with maroon cloth covers. Album leaves slightly waved and with some mild foxing. Some photos mildly foxed and a few with some minor creasing but overall a very good album with interesting large photographs.
This historically interesting album of large early photographs taken by a British traveler, which shows the central eastern region of Madagascar between Toamasina and Andevoranto on Madagascar's eastern coast and Antananarivo in the central interior. The photographs show Madagascar just after the first Franco-Hova War (Hova referring to the Merina aristocrats) which saw Madagascar cede Antsiranana (Diégo Suarez) to the French. This album documents the photographers journey beginning in Saint-Denis, Réunion, and then arriving in Madagascar at Toamasina (25 photos) and travelling to Andevoranto (8 photos) and finally into the interior to the capital of Antananarivo (21 photos), and also shows the towns, villages, natural features and native architecture along the way.
The interesting images include: Monument on Champ de Mars, Saint Denis; Mango Tree near Tamatave; Fort Tomasiny, Tomatave; Manjakaniandrambana; Landing Cattle, St Denis; Hovas Starting for Diego Suarez Sept 1886; Hovas Leaving pier Tamatave for Diego Suarez Sept 1886; The Bazaar Tamatave; On the river Ivondro near Tamatave; On the Ivondro near Tamatave; Girls Pounding rice Mahasoa near Tomatave; On the lagoon near Tamatave; Natives of Makasoa Village; Betsimisaraka Burying Place on banks of Ivondro River; Ferry in front of Hova Stockade Manjakaniandrambana; Hova Village of Sohanirana near Tamatave; Bazaar, Tamatave; Village of Sohanirana; Sohanirana Village; Embarking Cattle Tamatave; Embarking Cattle Tamatave; On the Ivondro, Melville near Tamatave; On the Lagoon near Tamatave; On the lagoon near Andevoranto; On the Lagoon near Tamatave; On the road from Tamatave to Andevoranto; On the lagoon between Tamatave and Andevoranto; Native Granary Andevoranto; Fishing Weir on Lagoon near Andevoranto; Rafia and Traveller’s Palm near Maromby; Ferry at Andavaka Meranana near Andevoranto; S.P.G Mission Schools Andevoranto; S.P.G Mission School Andevoranto; View between Ambodinfady and Andakana Hill Country; Village of Analamayaotra Hill Country; Forest Scene; Ford on River between Ambavamasy and Anevoko; Tribe of Antsik-Anaka, porters conveying goods to Capital, Ankera Madinika; Ford at Andakana; Andohalo, where Kabarys or Native Parliament meet, Antananarivo; Andokalo Antananarivo; Slaves wearing water Antananarivo; Water carriers Antananarivo; S.P.G. Mission School Children Antananarivo; S.P.G. High School Antananarivo; Entrance to Palace Courtyard Antananarivo; Queen’s palace Antananarivo; Queen’s Villa, Chapel and Old Hova Palace with barns Antananarivo; Silver Palace, Tombs of Sovereigns, Artillery on parade Antananarivo; Road in Capital; Prime Minister’s Palace Antananarivo; Faravohitra, Antananarivo; Palace of Ambohimanga, Antananarivo; Cattle Market, Antananarivo; Hovas Marketting, Antananarivo; Hovas Marketting, Antananarivo; Antananarivo from Ambohijanahary “Hill of God;” Antananarivo from Lake Anasy; Queen’s Gardens near Antananarivo; From Faravohitra; Forest Scene near Tamatave; Tamatave from Pt. Fario.
$5250USD

 


5. [AFRICA - MAURITIUS]
[Album of Sixty-five Original Albumen Photographs of Mauritius showing Port-Louis and Curepipe and Other Urban Views, Locals, Colonial Inhabitants and Architecture, Colonial Social Gatherings, Military Exercises, Mountain, River and Other Landscape Views etc.]

Ca. 1887. Oblong Folio (ca. 26,5x35 cm). 32 beige album leaves. One folding three part folding panoramic albumen view ca. 15x56 cm (6 x 21 ½ in) and sixty-four albumen photos each ca. 15,5x21 cm (6x8 in). Photos mounted on recto and/or verso of album leaves. All images numbered (starting at No 98) and captioned in period manuscript ink on mount. Two photographs (No. 117 & 163) have been removed. Period style navy gilt tooled half morocco with navy cloth covers. Album leaves slightly waved and with some very mild foxing. Some photos very mildly foxed but overall a very good album with interesting large photographs.
This historically interesting album of large early photographs of Mauritius taken by a British traveller shows Port Louis and other urban centres including their colonial architecture and leisure activities and the beauty of the Mauritius landscape and topography and includes images of: Port Louis from Fort George; In Pamplemousse Gardens; Water scene Pamplemousse Gardens; Tamarin Falls; Mt Rempart from Le Bassin; Trois Mamelles + Mt Rempart; Trois Mamelles from Henriette; Cascade Moka from Minissy; Corps de Garde from Minissy; Malartir’s Monument Champs de Mars; Place d’Armes from Government House; Flying boats, Port Louis; View from dock From (?) Fanfaron; Coin de Mire from Colonial Steamer “Stella;” Flat Island from Colonial Steamer “Stella;” Place d’Armes Port Louis; Chamarelle Falls; Archery Meet “Bon Air;” Archery Meet “Bon Air;”Pieter Both Range from Bar Le Duc; Piton du Milieu 1931 ft.; Maur. Arch. Soc: Meet at the Bungalow; Maur. Arch. Soc: Meet at the Bungalow; Port Louis Harbour from Merchant Anchorage; Pamplemousse Gardens; “Sunbeam” Homeward Bound 1st October 1887; Government House Réduit; Grande Rivière N.W.; Stevenson Dock Fanfaron Basin; Conveying 10” Gun to Battery; R.A. Gun Practice; Ravine on Bassin Estate; Pieter Both’s Head; Travellers Palm, Pamplemousses; Fan Pal, Pamplemousses; Pieter Both from La Vierge; St Cloud Tennis Party; Pieter Both from La Vierge; Mess and Officers’ Quarters, Curepipe; Giant Arums, Pamplemousse; Cathedral Cassis; Moka from R.C. Chapel, St Pierre; The Pouce from St Pierre; Pieter Both from St Pierre; From top of the Pouc, Pieter Both Range; Bamboo Mountain from Isle de la Passe; Lion Mountain, Mahebourgh from Cemetary; Light House from Isle de la Passe; Light House from Isle de la Passe; Light House from Isle de la Passe; Pieter Both from Creve Coeur; Corps de Garde from Beau Bassin; Grand Bassin; Ravenala, Pamplemousse; Palms, Pamplemousse; Raffia Palm; Coco de Mer; Raffia Palm; Sago Palm; Port Louis from Citadel Signal Station; Group of Chasseurs; Raffia Palms; Round Island Palms.
Interesting is the photo “Sunbeam” Homeward Bound 1st October 1887. The "Sunbeam" was the ship made famous by Lady Brassey's book: "A Voyage in the Sunbeam, our Home on the Ocean for Eleven Months," published in 1878. This photo shows the "Sunbeam" during Lady Brassey's last voyage to India and Australia. However, on the return journey on the way to Mauritius on the 14 September 1887, she died of malaria, and was buried at sea and the present photo shown was taken two weeks later.
$4250USD

 


6. [AFRICA - MOROCCO]
[LOGERAIS, Jean]
[Collection of Five Folders with Over 290 Original Photographs of French Military Campaigns during the Pacification of Morocco in 1911-1912, taken by a Doctor Who Accompanied French Troops during the Campaigns].

Ca. 1911-1912. Five paper folders, from ca. 36x23 cm (14 ¼ x 9 in) to ca. 31,5x20 cm (12 ¼ x 8 in). All but one with manuscript titles in French on the first blank leaves. Almost all images with period manuscript captions in French on the mounts, several with additional captions on versos. Cover of one folder with large tears and creases, several images faded, but overall a very good collection of strong interesting images.
Historically important extensive collection of original photographs giving an eye-witness account of the early stage of the French conquest of Morocco in 1911-1912 (many mountainous regions would remain revolt until 1934). Jean Logerais, a military doctor, accompanied French troops in their advance to the foothills of the Middle Atlas Mountains, documenting the troops’ movement, their stops at camps, photographing several important French and Moroccan military leaders (Colonel Henry Gourad, Colonel Gueydon de Dives, General Louis Franchet d’Espèrey, Marabout of Boujad, and others), as well as interesting panoramas and street views of Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh, Medhia, Beni Amar, Tiflet, Ain Lourma, El Borough, Oued Zem, Boujad, Berrechid, Setan, Rabat, Sale, and other places.
“The French conquest of Morocco took place in 1911 in the aftermath of the Agadir Crisis, when Moroccan forces besieged the French-occupied city of Fez. On 30 March 1912, Sultan Abdelhafid signed the Treaty of Fez, formally ceding Moroccan sovereignty to France, transforming Morocco into a protectorate of France. However, many regions remained in revolt until 1934, when Morocco was declared to be pacified, but in several regions French authority was maintained by cooperation with local chiefs and not military strength. On 17 April 1912, Moroccan infantrymen mutinied in the French garrison in Fez. The Moroccans were unable to take the city and were defeated by a French relief force. In late May 1912, Moroccan forces unsuccessfully attacked the enhanced French garrison at Fez. The last aftermath of the conquest of Morocco occurred in 1933-1934, the pacification of Morocco took over 22 years” (Wikipedia).
The folders include:
1) Maroc, mai 1911. Montée à Fez. Gibraltar-Fez, 1er mai, 26 mai 1911.
Paper folder ca. 31,5x20 cm (12 ¼ x 8 in). 62 gelatin silver prints ca. 13,5x8 cm (5 ¼ x 3 in).
The folder contains views of Rabat and Fez, seventeen views of the coastal town of Medhia (including images of the French military camp near Medhia, ambulance tents, portraits of General Ditte (?), colonel Gouraud, soldiers and medical staff); seven views of the French military camp at El Kenitra (including a portrait of colonel Gouraud giving orders for the combat on May 19, 1911), scenes of the troops crossing a river and traversing the plains on the way to Fez (dated 19-26 May 1911, one image shows an ear of the photographer’s horse); portrait of colonel Gouraud with a Moroccan sheikh talking about the coming combat, distant panoramas of Fez, and several scenes taken during a sea voyage from Gibraltar to Rabat.
2) [Untitled folder with 88 photos of a Military Campaign in Central Morocco, Including Views of Fez, Beni Amar, Meknes, Tiflet, Lourma, Rabat, and other places in Morocco].
[Ca. July-August 1911]. Paper folder ca. 36x23 cm (14 ¼ x 9 in). 88 gelatin silver prints, each ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ¼ in) printed in pairs on the same prolonged leaves of photo paper, ca. 9,5x30 cm (3 ¾ x 11 ¾ in). One leaf of photo paper with two images is missing.
The folder houses over twenty-five views of Meknes and environs: city panoramas, street views, photos of Meknes market, cemetery, Bab Berdieyinne mosque and minaret, city ramparts; portraits of the locals, including photo of a group of wives of the Sultan of Mogador (Essaouira) mounted on horses. One photo shows bombardment of a part of Mecknes on the 8th of July, 1911. There are also over a dozen images of French military camps near Meknes (camp de Olivier) or in other places (including a portrait of two military doctors playing chess next to their tent), two scenes of bombardment of Beni Amar village, views of French troops on their way to Meknes, several portraits of colonel Henry Gouraud (with soldiers or his wife who accompanied him during the campaign), and other. Four panoramas depict Tiflet, five photos show Fez (general views, city gates, cemetery), there are also six photos of Ain Lourma village (including two group portraits of soldiers), several views of Rabat (panoramas taken from water, street views, market) and Sale (panoramas, a view of the market).
3) Colonne des Zaers, août 1911. Maroc.
Paper folder ca. 36x23 cm (14 ¼ x 9 in). 26 gelatin silver prints, each ca. 8,5x13,5 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ¼ in), printed in pairs on the same prolonged leaves of photo paper, ca. 9,5x30 cm or 3 ¾ x 11 ¾ in). The last leaf of photo paper with two images is missing.
Folder with twenty-six views of French military camps (general and interior views with tents, carts and horses), troops on the move, portraits of French and native soldiers.
4) Colonne Gueydon de Dives, septembre-décembre 1912.
Paper folder ca. 32,5x21,5 cm (12 ¾ x 8 ½ in). Forty-two gelatin silver prints ca. 8x13,5 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ¼ in). One image is missing.
The folder opens with eleven views of the French military camp at El Borough, including several portraits of French commanders and the Marabout of Boujad, and a scene of arrival of the “first auto in El Borough” (with Lieut.-Col. Coudein); there are also several views of French camps in Oued Zem and Mechia ben Abbou, portraits of doctor Logerais in his tent, interesting scenes of surrender of the Moroccan rebels, portraits of the locals. Ten photos depict Boujad and surroundings - city panoramas and street views taken in November 1912, including a scene of reconciliation of the Marabout and his nephew, and a portrait of General Louis Franchet d’Espèrey (1856-1942) with the Marabout’s nephew.
5) Marakech et Ber Rechid. Maroc, 1911-1912.
Paper folder ca. 32,5x21,5 cm (12 ¾ x 8 ½ in). Over 70 photos of various size, including over fifty gelatin silver prints ca. 9x14,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ¾ in), one large gelatin silver print ca. 12x17,5 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in); other images are ca. 8,5x11,5 cm (3 ¼ x 4 ½ in) or smaller.
The folder contains over a dozen interesting views of Marrakesh: city panoramas, views of the house of the German consul, city gates, the open air market, two scenes of the Mawlid celebration in the city, portrait of local water bearers; six views of the Marrakesh racecourse (showing the tribunes, galloping horses, and an aeroplane flying over the course), several portraits of the Logerais spouses in their salon in Marrakesh. A group of photos is dedicated to Berrechid and includes portraits of French officers and residents next to Logerais’ house, group portrait of Moroccan women, French residents next to the train in Berrechid (faded), and others. There are also interesting images of the camp of the rebels in Fez, large group portrait of the officers of the Berrechid garnizon (taken in March 1912, and features doctor Logerais), two views of Settat, and a series of eight portraits of French officers and ladies with the Caid, or Moroccan military leader.
$4500USD

 


7. [AFRICA - NATAL]
[Album with Thirty-Seven Original Photographs and Six Ink Drawings made during a Trip to the Natal Colony, Including Views of Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Ixopo, Nearby Sutton Estate with Its Owners, Howick Falls, Umzimkulu River with the Union Bridge, Umkomazi River, Harrismith, Group Portraits of the Members of Pietermaritzburg Golf Club, East Indians in Natal, and Others].

Ca. 1898-1899. Oblong Quarto (ca. 23,5x30 cm). Thirty card stock leaves. Sixty-seven mounted gelatin silver, including over thirty large images ca. 15x20 cm (6x8 in) or slightly smaller, the rest are from ca. 10,5x15 cm (4 ¼ x 6 in) to ca. 5,5x7,5 cm (2 ¼ x 2 ¾ in). Almost all with period ink captions on the mounts, ca. 21 titled in negative, two titled with white ink on the images. With six mounted original ink drawings from ca. 11,5x8,5 cm (4 ½ x 3 ¼ in) to ca. 18x11 cm (7 x 4 ½ in). Period style black half morocco album with cloth boards and gilt lettered title “South Africa Album” on the spine. Several leaves with minor edge wear, a couple of photos slightly faded, but overall a very good album.
Interesting collection of original studio and amateur photos (five by the studio of George Washington Wilson, five signed “J.E.M. Photo” in negative) of the British Colony of Natal (1843-1910), compiled by an Englishman who sailed to Durban from London in April 1898 on SS “Inyati.” The album opens with eleven photos of Durban, including two large city views by the studio of G.W. Wilson (one taken from the top of Berea; the other showing Durban & harbour from the Bluff), views of central West Street from the Premier Studio (by “J.E.M.”), West Street looking towards Back Beach, Durban Town Hall from the botanical gardens, Durban Bay and port with ships, railway and “Ferry across bay to the Bluff;” there are also an amateur portrait of a “Kaffir rickshaw opposite Royal Hotel”, and a view of the Umbilo Falls.
Over twenty views show the colony’s capital Pietermaritzburg; there are general views of the city with the Table Mountain behind, and several street views: Commercial Road, Town Hall (before it burnt on July 12, 1898), Town Hall and the Anglo-Zulu War memorial with “Kaffir policemen,” Long Market St., Church St., Market Square (with numerous native carts driven by bullocks); four views of the Umsindusi River and the bridge in the end of Commercial Road; two views of Pietermaritzburg botanical gardens, and an interesting group portrait of the members of Pietermaritzburg golf club gathered for the “mixed foursomes tournament, Sept. 1898” (the album’s compiler is apparently second left in the back row).
There are also several unusual views of various waterfalls in Natal: Howick Falls (Umgeni River, 12 miles from Pietermaritzburg, one showing the hotel above the falls), Albert Falls (Umgeni River), falls near Polela, falls on Ingudwini River (between Ixopo & Umkomaas); photos of the Umzimkulu River and village (with the Union bridge between Natal & Cape Colony). Three photos show the Ixopo village (general view, Ixopo school & cadets, and the magistrate house). A series of amateur photos depict Sutton estate near Ixopo, “built by Henry Hoer Remfry in 1880,” with its owners Frank & Mary Remfry (three portraits feature the apparent compiler of the album), the bridge over the Umkomaas (Umkomazi) River; there are also three portraits of young black men - “Remfry’s boys,” two views of the native kraal, and a portrait of the East Indians in Natal. The album closes with a views of Harrismith, then in the Orange Free State.
The ink drawings show Table and Swartkop Mountains near Pietermaritzburg, Howick Falls, interior of the native hut “on Remfry’s farm,” two native children from the same farm, and a view of the Greytown Road. Overall a very good album with large unusual images.
“George Washington Wilson (1823-1893) was a pioneering Scottish photographer. <…> The Australian and South African images were added to the firm's stock in the 1890s by Charles Wilson (GWW's son) and staff photographers such as Fred Hardie” (Wikipedia).
$1500USD

 


8. [AFRICA - SUDAN - MAHDIST WAR]
[Album of Eight Original Photographs of Khartoum and Omdurman].

Ca. 1907. Oblong Folio (ca. 28x38 cm). 4 beige card leaves. With eight platinum prints each ca. 15x21 cm (6x8 in). Photos captioned in black ink and in pencil on mounts. Period brown gilt tooled morocco half morocco with brown pebbled cloth boards. Rebacked and recornered in style, covers and mounts with some mild staining and wear, but overall a very good album.
Unique album of privately taken rare images of the main sites of the Mahdist War 1881-99, The album includes a photo of Slatin Pasha and associates in Khartoum in 1907, who at the time had just been made an honorary major-general in the British army and then became Inspector-General of the Sudan, a position he held until 1914. The other photographs include: Two of Sirdar's body guard & Band Sargeant, 60th Rifles, Khartoum 1907; Officers' Mess, Khartoum; Mahdi's House at Modurman as it now appears, 1907; Remains of Mahdi's Tomb; Sirdar's Steamer alongside Palace Landing, Khartoum; Khalifa's Council Room; Mahdi's old carriage in Arsenal, Omdurman.
"The Mahdist War (1881–99) was a British colonial war of the late 19th century, which was fought between the Mahdist Sudanese of the religious leader Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah, who had proclaimed himself the "Mahdi" of Islam (the “Guided One”), and the forces of the Khedivate of Egypt, initially, and later the forces of Britain. From 18 years of colonial war resulted the joint-rule state of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (1899–1956), a condominium of the British Empire and the Kingdom of Egypt" (Wikipedia).
$1850USD

 


9. [ALASKA]
LA ROCHE, Frank (1853-1936)
[Interesting Collection of Twenty-four Original Photographs of Alaska].

Ca. 1895. 14 grey thick card leaves. 24 gelatin silver prints from ca. 18x23,5 cm (7 x 9 ½ in) to 11x18,5 cm (4 ½ x 7 ½ in). All mounted on original thick grey card leaves, most captioned in negative. Overall a very good collection of strong, sharp and interesting images.
This interesting collection of photographs includes twenty-three by La Roche (Seattle) including images of: Juneau: from the water, from steamer, log cabin, Pres. Church; Sitka: Indian Avenue (x2), Indian merchants, driveway, Indian River Rapids, bridge on Indian River Trail; Wrangell: from steamer, evening, Wrangell Narrows; Skagway: from bridge, Broadway; Metlakahtla (BC): group of Indian children, Indian brass band; White Pass Railroad: from the mouth of the tunnel; Lynn Canal (x2); Steamer "Queen" taking on ice; Muir Glacier: Steamer "Queen" in the Ice Takou Inlet: Grenville Channel (BC); WITH one by Winter & Pond: Old Tlingit Indian.
La Roche "made numerous trips to southeastern Alaska and the Yukon Territory photographing among others, scenes during the Klondike gold rush, ca. 1897-1899. These included views of his experiences traveling from Dyea, Alaska over the Chilkoot Pass into British Columbia to reach the gold fields" (University of Washington Libraries).
$3250USD

 


10. [ANTARCTICA & NORTH PACIFIC - SOVIET WHALING]
[Album with Seventy-seven Original Photos of the Early Soviet Whaling Voyages of the Factory Fleet “Slava” in Antarctica, Including over Forty Images of Whale Hunting and Flensing on Board the Main Ship, Several Photos of “Slava” and her Catching Boats at Sea and in Ports; and a Series of Images Showing a Festive Greetings to the “Slava” Fleet on its Triumphant Return from a Whaling Voyage in 1949; with a Group Portrait of Crew Members of the First Soviet Factory Ship “Aleut” Posing in Front of the Carcass of “The Last Greenland Whale of the Pacific, Kamchatka, 1940”].

Ca. 1940-1949. Oblong Quarto (ca. 23x29 cm). 21 card stock leaves. With seventy-seven mounted gelatin silver prints, including two double page panoramas ca. 13,5x45,5 cm (5 ¼ x 18 in) and ca. 17,5x43,5 cm (7x17 in), six large photos ca. 16,5x22,5 cm (6 ½ 9 in); about thirty images are ca. 11x17 cm (4 ½ x 6 ½ in); the rest are ca. 9x12 cm (3 ½ x 4 ¾ in) or slightly smaller. Eight images with hand written pen captions on the mounts or lithographed captions on paper labels mounted under the images. Two images apparently removed from the album. Original brown faux leather album with a large photo ca. 14,5x22,5 cm mounted on the front cover, with a lithographed caption on a paper label and the photographer’s name "G. Ovcharenko." Album rubbed on extremities, weak on hinges and with corners bumped, but the photos are bright and sound. Overall a very good collection of historically interesting photographs.
Historically significant photo album compiled by a crew member of the first Soviet whaling ships “Aleut” (started operations in 1932) and “Slava” (first whaling voyage under Soviet flag in 1946). The album includes an interesting group portrait of the crew members of the “Aleut,” posing in front of and on top of the carcass of “the last Greenland whale [killed] in the Pacific,” which was a bowhead whale or the Greenland Right Whale, “an early whaling target”, whose “population was severely reduced before a 1966 moratorium was passed to protect the species” (Wikipedia). A handwritten caption next to the photo outlines the main characteristics of the killed whale: “length – 19 m., maximum height – 5 m., weight – 105 t., fat gathered – 15 t., harpoon operator – Captain N.A. Purgin, catcher vessel “Avangard”, Morzhovaya Bay, Kamchatka, 3.VI.1940”.
The other images in the album document early whaling voyages of the factory fleet “Slava” (which included the factory ship and a number of smaller catching vessels) in the Antarctica in 1946-1949. Over forty photos show whale hunting at sea: loading the harpoon, killed whales in water (with one image of a penguin standing on a whale’s carcass), towing the whales on board the ship, flensing them, several photos portray crew members posing in front of or on the dead whales. There are also photos of the factory ship “Slava” and her catching boats at sea and in ports: “Slava” on the way to Antarctica in 1949, catching boats “Slava-1”, “Slava-7” and “Slava-10”, “Slava’s” stern slipway with the banner on top: “Greetings to the best whaling ship # 9, which had exceeded the December plan!”; a photo of “Slava” anchored in a port is supplemented with a handwritten history of its construction and transfer to Soviet Union, and its main characteristics.
Eight photos at end show the ceremony of greeting the flotilla back in Odessa on return from it’s third Antarctic voyage in May 1949. The images show the deputy minister of the fisheries Sbrodov giving a speech; “Slava” decorated with banners, reading: “Government assignment is fulfilled. Whales: plan – 850, hunted – 1100; Fat – 125 %, plan – 10000, produced – 12500;” group portrait of the “Crew of the Antarctic whaling flotilla “Slava” after being awarded with orders and medals. May 1949, port of Odessa”, the person sitting in the centre of the first row is “Slava’s” Captain Alexey Solyanik (1912-1984); a series of four portraits with a blind stamped date in the lower corners “V-1949” shows the ceremony of joining the Communist party by Solyanik and other crew members (note a big portrait of Stalin above the presidium). The photo on the album’s cover taken by an Odessa photographer G. Ovcharenko shows “Greeting of the darling whalers” in 1949. According to the article of Y. Ivashchenko and others “Soviet Illegal Whaling…” (see detailed description below) it was the 1948/49 Antarctic voyage when “Slava” started illegal whale catches, high above the existing quotas.
Overall a very interesting important album documenting the beginnings of Soviet whaling.
“… the Soviet Union had conducted a vast global campaign of illegal whaling that began in 1948 and lasted three decades. <…> the USSR while in theory bound by the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946 to which it was a signatory, had swept the seas in search of whales, routinely disregarding quotas, prohibitions, and other regulations established by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). <…> Although some uncertainty remains about the true number of the USSR’s catches during this period, the difference between what was actually caught and what was reported to the IWC was large. <…> These catches, together with the poorly regulated whaling of other nations, drastically reduced the populations concerned, and in at least one case (that of the eastern population of the North Pacific right whale, Eubalaena japonica), may have irreversibly damaged a population’s chance of recovery. <…>
Commercial whaling by the USSR had its origin in 1932 with the conversion of the American cargo vessel Glen Ridge into a 5,055 gross ton (GT) whaling factory ship which was renamed Aleut. The Aleut, together with three steam catcher boats, began whaling operations in 1933, initially hunting the then-abundant baleen and sperm whales, Physeter microcephalus, in the coastal water of Kamchatka and Chukotka. In 1946, after the end of the Second World War, the USSR added a second factory ship and began operations on baleen and sperm whales in the rich whaling grounds of the Antarctic (although Soviet whaling in the Antarctic began in 1946, Norwegians were present on board Slava for the first two seasons; thus illegal catches did not begin until the 1948/49 season); this was the Slava (formerly Empire Venture (UK), Wikinger (Germany), and Vikingen (Norway). Slava sailed for the Antarctic on 22 December 1946 and began whaling operations in January the following year), which at 12,639 GT was bigger than the Aleut and attended by a larger fleet of between 8 and 15 catchers” (Ivashchenko, Y., Clapham, P.J., Brownell, R.L. Jr. Soviet Illegal Whaling: The Devil and the Details// Marine Fisheries Review, 2011, vol. 73, no. 3, pp. 1-19.)
$3500USD

 


11. [ARCTIC - CHUKOTKA, MAGADAN &C.]
[Album with over 120 Original Photos of Russian Far North, Showing Aircrafts and Pilots of the “Aviaarktika” Polar Aviation on the Chukotka Peninsula, Native People and Russian Residents of the Olsky District (Magadan Oblast); Photos Taken in Ust-Port (Lower Yenisey River), Kazim (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug), Alygdzher Village (Eastern Sayan Mountains, Irkutsk Region) and Others].

1920s-1940s. Oblong Quarto (ca. 21,5x29,5 cm). 19 card stock leaves. With about 120 mounted or loosely inserted gelatin silver prints, including a large photo ca. 22,5x15,5 cm (9x6 in), about a dozen large ones, ca. 12x17,5 cm (4 ¾ x 7 in) or slightly smaller, the rest are ca. 8x11 cm (3 x 4 ½ in) or slightly smaller. Five images captioned in ink on verso. Original black faux leather album, rubbed on extremities, weak on hinges and with corners bumped, but the photos are bright and sound. Overall a very good album.
Interesting images include ten photos of aircraft of the famous “Aviaarktika” – Polar Air Service of Glavsevmorput (The Chief Directorate of the Northern Sea Route), established in 1930 with the centre in Krasnoyarsk. The images show pilots, crew members and planes (one of which, with a number “Н 287” on the bottom of the wing, served the Chukotka peninsula in the 1940s). There are also about twenty images of a Soviet settlement on the shore of the Arctic Ocean, including images of a radio tower (apparently, located near the landing ground of the “Aviaarktika” aircrafts); other photos show ships on icy sea shores, reindeers and reindeer herders in native winter outfits, dog sleds, Arctic foxes, a procedure of receiving Arctic fox skins from the natives, Russian residents (including women) hunting, skiing, taking a boat trip, posing in theatrical makeup; three later images (dated 1958) show the celebration of the 1st of May in the Ola settlement (coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, 27 km east of Magadan). Other photos show the locals and a “shaman’s deer” in the Alygdzher Village (Eastern Sayan Mountains, Irkutsk Region), dated 1928; a portrait of one A.K. Smirnov, with a manuscript note “[taken in] Bokhan, Mongolian Buryatia after the suppression of a band in the Osinsky rural council. 1930” (Osinsky District is an administrative district of Ust-Orda Buryat OkrugofIrkutsk Oblast); celebration of the 1st of May in Ust-Port (Lower Yenisey River) in 1936; group portrait of female workers at a fish processing facility; group portrait of native (likely, Khanty) nurse students, one looking into microscope. A large photo portrays (according to manuscript text on verso) “Comrade M. Pendakhova from the Rybatskiye yurts, receiving [a procedure] of blue light. The performer is student M. Tarlina – a Komsomol member (Khanty). Kazim cultural center. Hospital. The classes are organized at the hospital for training medical stuff from local native youth. The head of the classes is doctor N.I. Zueva, a member of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks).” The photo was taken by a Soviet photographer Georgy Lipskerov (1896-1977). Overall an interesting visual document of the early history of the Soviet Far North.
“Aviaarktika opened new routes through virgin terrain, lacking any lines of communication. Its aircraft frequently worked in horrendous conditions: snowstorms, frequent fog, intense cold. It fulfilled multiple missions, carrying cargo, as well as mail and passengers, and living as much from charter transportation as from regular traffic. The mining deposits and the scientific and weather stations extending long the northern sea route, which is theoretically the shortest route between Europe and Japan, were entirely dependant on supply by air – as was the case in the far north of Canada. In order to supply the mining centre at Norilsk, in the extreme north of Siberia, Aviaarktika opened a branch off the Krasnoyarsk/Dikson route, joining central Siberia with the icebound Arctic Ocean. But the great achievement of Aviaarktika, which is too frequently forgotten these days, remains the opening up of the Moscow/Petropavlovsk (in Kamchatka) service, first stretch by stretch, and then the full scheduled operation on 1st February 1940. It involved a journey of 5,000 miles in nine days, along the northern route following the coast of the Arctic Ocean, past the mouths of the great Siberian rivers, then crossing the Anadyr Massif” (Allaz, C. The history of Air Cargo and Mail from the 18th Century. Christopher Foyle Publishing, 2004, p. 141).
$3250USD

 


12. [ARGENTINA - BUENOS AIRES]
[Collection of over 130 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Rio with the Majority of Photographs Focusing on the Architecture, main Sights and Neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires].

Ca. 1898. Oblong Quarto (ca. 18x28,5 cm). 26 stiff card album leaves. Over 130 gelatin silver prints, mostly ca. 8x6 cm (3 ¼ x 2 ¼ in.), with over 20 prints ca. 8x5 cm (3 ¼ x 2 in.) or smaller, mounted on recto and/or verso of album leaves. Bound by string. All but 6 photos identified by manuscript period ink captions on mounts. Bound by two strings without cover, some leaves loose. A few images mildly faded but overall a very good collection of interesting images.
This interesting travel album includes over seventy photographs of Buenos Aires and surrounding areas, which show over 20 important buildings and streets in the city: Plaza Congreso, Constitucion Station, the Customs building (2 views), Plaza Colon, Cerrito Street, Plaza Vincente Lopez, Ituzaingo Road, Caseros Road, Rivadavia Avenue, a Railway Clearing House, Spanish Bank, New Anglo Bank under construction, Senate House, Cecil Hotel, Callao Avenue, Corrientes Avenue, Savoy Hotel, Moussion House, and Charfield House. Also included are rare night time views of buildings such as the national bank, and government house. Other locations include Tigre, the Palermo neighbourhood (including Parque Tres de Febrero), Olivos, San Vicente, 9 photographs of cyclone damage at Lanus, and Banfield.
Twelve photographs of Montevideo show views of the city and streets, the Pocitos neighbourhood and the Ramirez beach. Eight photographs of Rio show sights including the Botanical Garden and the Municipal Theatre. Also included are five images of Lisbon, which show Rua Augusta Arch and the Church of Santa Engrácia, and 6 photographs of Madeira include views of the streets and the port. Over 10 other photographs document views from the “Avon” ship (built in 1884) including Corunna, Santos, Oporto and Cherbourg.
$1250USD

 


13. [ARGENTINA - SANTA FE WESTERN RAILWAY]
[Album with Sixty-Six Early Original Photographs of the Argentinean Western Santa Fe Railway (Ferrocarril Oeste Santafesino) and Nearby Agricultural Colonies, Including Views of Railway Stations, Wheat Mills, Churches and Streets of Casilda, Arteaga and Cruz Alta; Field Workers and Portraits of Settlers in the Juarez Celman and José Greydan Agricultural Colonies].

Ca. 1890. Oblong Quarto (ca. 19x32 cm). 50 stock leaves ca. 17,5 x 23,5 cm (7 x 9 ¼ in). 66 mounted gelatin silver prints, including one large photo ca. 16x21 cm (6 ¼ x 8 ½ in), over 35 images ca. 11,5x16 cm (4 ½ x 6 ¼ in), and over 25 images ca. 8x11 cm (3x4 in); with two cyanotypes ca. 8x11 cm (3x4 in). All but eight with period handwritten ink captions in French or Spanish. Original brown quarter sheep album with cloth boards. Overall a very good album.
Interesting photo collection showing stations of the Argentinean Santa Fe Western Railway (Ferrocarril Oeste Santafesino) shortly after its completion. The railway connected Rosario, the major port on the Parana River, with the agricultural lands in the Pampas of the Santa Fe Province, and reached Casilda in 1883, San Jose de la Esquina in 1887, and its terminus in Cruz Alta (Córdoba Province) in 1888. Taken by a French visitor or settler of the region, the album contains over twenty images of Cruz Alta, including several street scenes, photos of the railway station taken from different positions (some featuring railway cars marked “F.C.O.S.”, one showing the departure of a train), views of the town church, school, and the house of a local doctor (Soulages) with him posing in front. An interesting series of over a dozen photos depict premises and workers of nearby agricultural colonies of Juarez Celman (workers in the field next to the threshing machine, field workers drinking mate cocido from tin bowls, two photos of workers drying and piling hay with special machines, a view of the office building with the sign “Juarez Celman”, several pictures of the houses of the colonists et al.) and José Gueydan (two group portraits of Jose Gueydan and his workers, two cyanotypes showing Gueydan’s house, two photos of sacks of wheat harvested by the colonists, the one showing the workers posing on the sacks et al). There are also several images of the Carcarañá River, including a bridge near Cruz Alta, portraits of the locals serving puchero stew, playing boules, and others.
Eight photos show the town of Casilda, including general views, images of the railway station, the wheat mill (one close up photo features sacks of wheat being unloaded off horse carts in the mill’s yard), a street with the pharmacy of Ferrocarril Oeste Santafesino in the foreground, and others. There are also several images of San Jose de la Esquina (town church, group of local workers), Arteaga (railway station with sacks of wheat in front, chapel), and Santa Lucia estate.
The Santa Fe Western Railway was taken over by the Central Argentine Railway in 1900, now the route is operated by the Nuevo Central Argentino Railway. Overall an interesting early visual source on the railway network and agricultural colonies of central Argentina.
$3750USD

 


14. [AUSTRALIA - VICTORIA]
[Album of Thirty-six Early Albumen Photographs of Various Cities and Towns in the Australian State of Victoria Titled in Gilt on Front Cover:] Photographic Views of Victoria.

Ca. 1880. Quarto (ca. 27x23 cm). Thirty-six stiff card leaves. With thirty-six mounted albumen photographs each ca. 16x22 cm (6 ½ x 8 ½ in). All captioned in pencil on mounts. With a presentation inscription on front free fly leaf: "A Souvenir of Victoria to Mrs. Rose from A. & S. M. Melbourne, 4th of January 1882". Period black decoratively gilt tooled full sheep album. Rebacked in style. A few photographs mildly faded but overall a very good collection of interesting early photographs.
The Victorian Gold Rush of the 1850s and 60s led to a significant economic and population expansion in Victoria and the rivalry with New South Wales resulted in the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880 which was the first official World's Fair in the Southern Hemisphere. This interesting collection of early photographs of the towns and cities in post gold rush Victoria documents the development of the state at that time and includes images of: the Melbourne International Exhibition; Interior Opening Day; West Melbourne from Exhibition Dome; Independent Church Collins St.; Sailor's Home Spencer St.; Bourke St. East; Melbourne Town Hall; Bourke St. West; Scot's Church Collins St.; New Eastern Market; Museum; St. Kilda's Road; Government House; Kew Lunatic Asylum from Studley Park; Punt - Simpson Road; Melbourne from South Yarra; Melbourne from the Domain; Mountain Tree Ferns Dandenung State Forest; Coranderrk Aboriginal Station; Lower Falls on Creek Scene; Moorabool River Railway Viaduct; Clunes; Ferns; Geelong Railway Station; Scene on the Yarra; Stawell Mining Township; Aqueduct over River Plenty; Ballarat Mines; Castlemaine; Geelong West; Echuca Punt; Castlemain State Quarries; Falls Lower Campaspe; Hesket; Bush Sawmills (near Stawell); River Scene (with presumably the photographer by the river bank).
$3500USD

 


15. [BRAZIL - RIO DE JANEIRO]
BIPPUS, Carlos & THIELE
[Album of 124 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs and 15 Postcards of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil].

Ca. 1925. Oblong Large Quarto (ca. 22x30 cm). Ca. 100 album leaves. With 124 gelatin silver photographs with 37 larger ones, ca. 16x22 cm (6 ½ x 9 in.) and 87 smaller ones, ca. 13,5x9 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in) and smaller. Period wooden exotic wood covers with maroon blind stamped morocco spine. Front cover with pictorial marquetry of Rio's Guanabara Bay. Overall a very good attractive album in near fine condition with interesting strong images.
This album of Rio de Janeiro shows views and architecture of the city, as captured by personal photographs, postcards and studio photos (mostly by Carlos Bippus and some by Thiele). The views show key buildings such as the Municipal Theatre, Hotel Avenida, and Niemeyer avenue. One photograph by Thiele shows the Independence Centenary International Exposition (1922), and several photographs show the Boa Vista Park. Rio neighbourhoods highlighted include Gloria, Botafogo, and Santa Teresa. Over 15 images show views of the surrounding landscape, including beaches (Flemish Beach) and mountains. Interesting are the images of the cable car to access Pão de Açúcar/Sugarloaf Mountain, which opened in 1912 as the third cableway to be built in the world. Also included are images of near-by municipalities including Igreghina, Petropolis, Niteroi and Theresopolis, mostly photographed by Bippus. Finally, a series of post-card type images shows portraits of a variety of Brazilian merchants. Overall, an interesting collection of images of the natural landscapes and architecture of Rio de Janeiro.
List of Photos:
Carlos Bippus: Rio de Janeiro; Rio de Janeiro; Rio de Janeiro Visto do Pao de Assucar; Rio de Janeiro Praia do Horpoador; Theatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro; Rio de Janeiro, Gloria; Rio de Janeiro, Igreginha; Avenida Niemeyer, Rio de Janeiro; Luar na Avenida Niemeyer; Avenida Niemeyer Avenida Niemeyer, Rio de Janeiro, Botafogo ; Botafogo; Passeio Publico; Canal do Mangue; Petropolis; Resaca 5. VII. 25 Na Praia do Flamengo; Trecho na Praia de Itapuca, Nictheroy; No Parque da Quinta da Boa Vista; Alto de Boa Vista, Cascatinha; Curvas da Estrada de Automovel de Petropolis a Theresopolis; O Dedo de Deus ; Theresopolis, Trecho Na Caixa D’Agua; Teresopolis, Estado do Rio, Cascata de Jmbumy; Jardim Botanico; Theresopolis, Caixa d’Agua; Theresopolis Estado do Rio, Trecho na Caixa d’Agua; Mata Virgem Cortada Pela Estrada de Automovel Petropolis a Theresopolis, Estado do Rio; Jardim Botanico; Vista do Alto do Corcovado Pela Gavea
Thiele: View of Rio de Janeiro; Exposiçao Internacional do Centenario 1922; Praia Icarahy, Nictheroy; Santa Thereza e Gloria, Rio de Janeiro.
Others: Caminbo aeren Pão de Açúcar; Hotel Gloria (D.K.); Rio de Janeiro, Gavea; Sanatorio; Sanatorio; Resaca 4 VII 25; Resaca 4 VII 25; Resaca 4 VII 25; Praia de Icarahy, Nictheroy; Praia de Icarahy; Rio av. Rio Branco (Studio Huberti); Jardim Botanico; Quitandeiro; Peixeiro; Vendedor de flôres; Vendedir de vassouras; Parelha de bois; Vendedor de Bacias; Tropeiro; Tropa em marcha; Tropa descarregada; Gallinheiro; Gallinheiroo; Doceiro; Padeiro
$2250USD

 


16. [CAMBODIA - ANGKOR WAT]
[Album with 141 Original Photographs and Real Photo Postcards Including 60 Original Photos and 34 Real Photo Postcards of the Khmer Temples in Cambodia Including Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Pre Rup, Ta Keo, Baphuon, Preah Khan, Preah Ko, Banteay Srey and Others].

1934-1935. Oblong Folio (ca. 27x36,5 cm). 22 black stiff card album leaves. 141 mounted gelatin silver prints, All images with period white ink manuscript captions in French (related either to individual images or to groups of images). Period Chinese decorative cloth covers, covers fastened with decorative cord. Very good album with strong clear photographs.
This collection is especially interesting because of its large number of original photos of Angkor Wat and other famous Khmer temples of Cambodia - Bayon, Ta Prohm, Pre Rup, Ta Keo, Baphuon, Preah Khan, Preah Ko, Banteay Srey and others. The album contains 60 original photos and 34 real photo postcards of the Khmer temples with general views, architectural details and portraits of the travellers posing in front of the temples. It is an interesting and relatively early visual documentation of these UNESCO World Heritage sites. The collection also contains images of sites and local people of Bangkok, showing the Vat Po Temple, the Royal Palace and the Emerald Buddha Temple as well as a floating market (merchants on their canoes). Also included are several photographs of rubber harvest and production in Malaysia.
The collection of images includes:
Angkor Wat: Bobby sur la route de Angkor; Manette-Pierre Binder; Le Bayon; Porte de la Victoire; Bayon; Bayon; Boudah du Bayon; Terrasse des Elephants; Terrasse des Elephants; Roi Lépreux; Terrasse du Roi Lépreux; Boudah dans la Forêt; Ta-Prohm; Pré-Rup; Ta Réo; Ta Réo; Baphuon; Baphuon; Prah-Khan; Prah-Khan; Angkor-Vat; Angkor-Vat; Angkor-Vat; Angkor Vat; Angkor Vat; Bantei-Keidei; Baray Occidental; Prah-Ko; Prah-Ko; Prah-Ko; Bakong; Brantei-Srei; Brantei-Srei.
Harvest and Production of Rubber in Malaysia: Felled Jungle ready for burning; Young Rubber Trees; Tapping Rubber tree; Receiving latex at factory; Coagulated rubber for smoked sheets; Interior of the factory; Sorting crepe rubber; Sorting smoked sheet of rubber.
Bangkok: Le Marché Flottant; Marchands dans leurs pirogues; Un bateau de guerre Siamois; Serpent Royal; Prélèvement du venin des serpents; L’institut Pasteur de Bangkok; Restaurant Indigène; Boudha Debout; Fête; Temple Vat Po; Temple de Marbre; Vat Arun; Palais Royal Temple de Boudah d’Emeraude; Salle du Trône Moderne; Maison du directeur de la banque.
$1250USD

 


17. [CANADA - EDMONTON]
[Album with over 415 Original Photographs of Mainly Edmonton, AB and Environs and also Includes a Journey on the Canadian National Railway to Victoria, BC].

Ca. 1922. Oblong Folio (ca. 25,5x33 cm). 50 black album leaves. Over 415 gelatin silver prints (mostly glossy, some matte). One cabinet photo ca. 14x10,5 cm (5 1/3 x 4 in) loosely inserted. Over 170 photographs ca. 11,5x9 cm (3 ½ x 4 ½ in.), Over 60 photographs ca. 8x10,5 cm (3 ¼ x 4 ¼ in.) and larger, Over 140 photographs ca. 7x11,5 cm (2 ¾ x 4 ½ in.) and smaller. Several photographs partially or completely loose. Period brown full cloth album titled "Photographs" in gilt on front cover and album tied together with a green cord. Covers edges with some wear and minor chipping, some photographs mildly faded, but overall still a very good collection of photographs.
This album is focused on Edmonton and environs, including photographs of buildings, businesses, countryside and people. Key sites of Edmonton identifiable are the Provincial Legislature, the Stadium and the Rialto Theatre, Victoria High School (captioned “From ‘Coon Colony Edmonton’”), Norwood School, and Jasper Avenue, including part of the “Welcome Home” arch, likely celebrating the end of the First World War. Also on Jasper Avenue, a parade of Indigenous people on horses most likely during a rodeo or public holiday event is shown. Some Edmonton businesses shown are Edmonton Bulletin, Capital Glass Worms, Sterling Glove Co., Law Bros, Player’s Cigarettes, Alberta Cafe, Western Veteran Optical Co., M.L. Williams Co Limited oil lamps, Silver Grill Café, and Edmonton Beer. Over 35 photographs are taken near Lake Wabamun, a popular summer resort for Edmonton families, including buildings from the Wabamun village, summer cottages, family photographs and canoes on the lake. Over 15 photographs show houses, cattle and agriculture in the countryside near Edmonton as well as images of Indigenous people with their families. Several photographs show the Camrose ski jump (Camrose Ski Club is one of the oldest in Canada, founded in 1911). Also included are views from a trip to Victoria on the Canadian National Railway, including images of the Princess Victoria Steamship operated by Canadian Pacific Railway company, the BC parliament buildings, Butchart Gardens, Jasper park, Mount Robson and a view taken on a trip to Saskatchewan of the Canadian National Station in Saskatoon.
$950USD

 


18. [CANADA - MONTREAL]
NOTMAN, William [McFarlane] (1851-1913)
[Original Two-part Albumen Photograph Panorama of Montreal, from Mount Royal].

Montreal: William Notman & Son, ca. 1890. Mounted two part albumen photograph of Montreal ca. 18x46 cm (6x18 in). Captioned in negative and in manuscript black ink on mount. Mount very slightly foxed, but overall a very good panorama.
“William Notman & Son” (ca. 1880-1900s) was a company founded by William McFarlane Notman (1851-1913), a son of famous Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-1891). William McFarlane took several trips to B.C. With the purpose of taking photographs, accompanied by his brothers Charles F. And George R.W. (“Camera Workers…” online, vol. 1).
$650USD

 


19. [CANADA - VANCOUVER]
[Album with 15 Original Photographs of Vancouver, Mostly of Stanley Park, with Three Views of False Creek and English Bay].

Ca. 1910s. Oblong Octavo (ca. 17,5x25,5 cm), 18 album leaves (two loosely inserted). 15 mounted gelatin silver prints ca. 10x15 cm (3 7/8 x 5 ¾ in). All but one with period white ink captions on the mounts. Original grey paper wrappers album with stamped title “Photographs” on the front cover. Several images with minor silvering, otherwise a very good album.
Attractive photographs of Vancouver’s Stanley park views, showing the park’s entrance, main paths and alleys, impressive cedar trees, the Duck pond, the fog bell tower, “Water pipe line,” the Royal Corner and the Second beach. There is also a panoramic view of the North Shore mountains taken from Stanley park, as well as a view of downtown Vancouver taken from False Creek, with a wooden bridge on the left (apparently, the first Cambie street bridge constructed in 1891). The album closes with two photos of English Bay showing private houses on the waterfront, and swimmers and a boat near the surf.
$850USD

 


20. [CENTRAL ASIA - KYRGYZSTAN]
[PANOV, Ivan N.]
[Collection of Thirty-Three Original Photographs of the Early Years of Soviet Kyrgyzstan, Showing First Steamers on Lake Issyk-Kul, Koisara and Jeti-Ögüz Resorts, Monument to Nikolay Przhevalsky at the Shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, and Over a Dozen Portraits of Kirghiz People Taken Near Przhevalsk (modern Karakol)].

Ca. 1929. Thirty-three loose gelatin silver prints from ca. 12,5x18 cm (5x7 in) to ca. 11,5x16 cm (4 ½ x 6 ¼ in). One photo with a period pencil inscription in Russian on verso. Overall a very good collection.
Interesting collection of early original photographs of views and scenes of Soviet Kyrgyzstan taken by talented Tashkent photographer Ivan Panov; many of his photos were printed as postcards by the State Art Publishing House (Izogiz) in the 1930s. Our collection shows the area near Przhevalsk (now Karakol) at the eastern tip of Lake Issyk-Kul and contains ten interesting photos of the first Soviet steamers on the lake. The construction of the “highest fleet in USSR” (1600 m above the sea level) started in 1925 at Jergalchak near Przhevalsk; our images include a general panorama of a bay of Issyk-Kul with the steamers in it, a view of several steamers at the wharf with the snow-capped mountains at distance, a scene of unloading logs on shore, and a series of four images depicting a steamer leaving the shore with the crowd of people watching it. Six photos depict Soviet camp type resort at Koisara (southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, 15 km away from Przhevalsk), showing a general panorama of the resort with the canteen and the yurts of the resort guests, close views of the yurts, the interior of the canteen, the resort guests at the canteen et al. There are also views of the monument to Nikolay Przhevalsky at the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul (about 9 km north of Przhevalsk), and of the famous Rock of Seven Bulls at the Jeti-Ögüz balneotherapic resort (southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, about 28 km west of Przhevalsk).
Over a dozen photos portray Kirghiz families and groups near Przhevalsk, shown next to their yurts, mounted on horses; women weaving a carpet; men with donkeys laden with firewood; a group of men mounted on horses on a street, women in beautiful native costumes, children, et al. Overall a historically significant visual archive of the early Soviet years in the region around Lake Issyk-Kul.
Ivan Panov actively worked for the State Art Publishing House (Izogiz), taking views of Central Asian cities and landscapes, as well as portraits of local people. Many of them were printed as postcards by the Izogiz in the 1930s (he is known for his views of Tashkent, Lake Issyk-Kul, Chelyabinsk, Moscow, Black Sea resorts and others).
$1500USD

 


21. [CENTRAL ASIA - TURKESTAN]
[LEVIN, Alexander Mikhailovich] (1861-1932)
[Album of Thirty-one Original Photographs from the Anti-Plague Expedition to Anzob Mountain Village in Russian Turkestan (Modern Northwestern Tajikistan) made in the Autumn 1898, Titled:] Anzob.

[1899]. Oblong Quarto (ca. 21x30 cm). 23 card stock leaves. With thirty-one mounted gelatin silver photos, including thirteen large photos ca. 11,5x16,5 cm (4 ½ x 6 ½ in), the rest are ca. 5,5x8 cm (2x3 in). All images captioned in Russian and numbered in ink on the mounts (number “16” wasn’t included, apparently by mistake). The compiler’s presentation inscription in Russian on the first page: "To dear Ivan Vasil’yevich Meshchaninov. In memory from Alexander Levin. February 6th 1899." Original brown full cloth album fastened with metal strings, gilt lettered title and decorative border on the front cover, blind stamped decorative border on the rear cover; all edges gilt. Several images mildly faded, but overall a very good album.
Important collection of original photos taken by doctor Alexander Levin, a member of the Russian government anti-plague expedition in 1898 to Anzob mountain Kishlak (village) in Russian Turkestan (now in Tajikistan). The album bears the presentation inscription to another expedition member, a representative of the Imperial anti-plague commission Ivan Vasilyevich Meshchaninov (1846-1918).
Anzob is situated on the southern slopes of the Zarafshan Range of the Pamir-Alay Mountains in the valley of the Yaghnob River (a tributary of the Fan Darya River which flows into the Zarafshan River). The plague outbreak started there in summer 1898, caused by the Gissar natural focus located nearby. The area was enclosed and quarantined, and a special expedition departed from Saint Petersburg, led by Duke Alexander Petrovich of Oldenburg (1844-1932), general of infantry, medical doctor and the head of the anti-plague commission since 1897. The party travelled to Krasnovodsk (now Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan) via Crimea and Tiflis, and thence to Samarkand by the Trans-Caspian Railway, stopping at Bukhara and Karmana (summer residence of the Emir of Bukhara), where they had an audience with Emir 'Said Abd al-Ahad Khan (1859-1911). From Samarkand a small party including doctor Levin, Meshchaninov, writer and traveller to Central Asia Sergey Mstislavsky (1876-1943), several Cossacks and military officers headed up the Zarafshan and Fan Darya River to Anzob. While following a lesser-known mountain trail, the party unexpectedly entered the infected area and had to stay there and build a disinfection chamber. Eventually the epidemic was successfully stopped with the help of the world's first anti-plague vaccine created in the laboratory of Waldemar Haffkine in 1896. In January 1899 Levin presented a report “Plague in Anzob” at a session of the Russian Society of Public Health Care which was separately published the same year (Levin, A. M. Chuma v Anzobe. SPb.: Y. Trey, 1899. 21 pp.).
The album follows the expedition route through the Fann Mountains (Pamir-Alay system) to Anzob and contains views of the mountain ranges, Zarafshan, Fan Darya, and Yaghnob Rivers (including river crossing by the expedition, and several bridges), mountain villages Marzich (Ayni district), Dardar and Tokfan (Takfon, all in Tajikistan). There are several group portraits of the expedition members going along the narrow passes on the mountain ledges in the Fan-Darya River valley (featuring doctor Levin), large interesting photos of Levin doing the preventive vaccination against plague in Anzob, quarantine chamber in Tokfan (Meshchaninov is in the centre), and a grotto on the border of the Anzob cordon (featuring Levin and Meshchaninov). Four images show Bukhara (street views, cotton bazaar, summer palace of the Emir), there is also an interesting group portrait of the Emir’s of Bukhara mace-bearers in Karmana, a view of ruins of the ancient Sarvadan fortress, and two views from the Trans-Caspian Railway (Skobelev museum in Geok Tepe (Turkmenia), camel caravan).
Overall a very interesting eye-witness account of Russian anti-plague measures in Central Asia at the end of the 19th century.
$3500USD

 


22. [CENTRAL ASIA - TURKMENISTAN]
[PANOV, Ivan N.]
[Collection of Forty-Nine Original Photographs of Soviet Turkmenistan, Including Over Twenty Views of Ashgabat Taken Before the 1948 Earthquake, Views of Chardzhou, Mary, Kyzyl-Arvat, and Picturesque Portraits of the Local People].

Ca. 1928-1930. Forty-nine loose gelatin silver prints from ca. 13x18 cm (5 ¼ x 7 in) to ca. 10,5x16 cm (4 ¼ x 6 ¼ in). Seven photos captioned and/or numbered in Russian on verso. A couple of photos with minor small corners creases, one with a corner chip, but overall a very good collection.
Interesting collection of early vivid photo views and scenes of Soviet Turkmenistan taken a few years after it had become a part of the Soviet Union (1924). The images were taken by talented Tashkent photographer Ivan Panov who worked for the State Art Publishing House in Moscow (Izogiz). Many of Panov’s views of Central Asian cities and landscapes, as well as portraits of local people were printed as postcards by the Izogiz in the 1930s (he is known for his views of Tashkent, Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, Chelyabinsk, Moscow, Black Sea resorts and others).
The collection includes over twenty views of Ashgabat taken before the city was heavily destroyed during the 1948 earthquake. The images show the Baha’i temple (first in the world, constructed in 1908, demolished in 1963), monument to V. Lenin (finished in 1927), Turkmen Institute of Culture (decorated with the sculptures of Reading Turkmens – a man and a woman), Turkmen State Museum, Polytechnic school, Ashgabat Central Committee of the Communist Party, the storefront of the Ashgabat branch of the State Publishing House (Gosizdat), railway station, covered galleries of the city market, building of the textile factory (constructed in 1924), three views of Ashgabat water tower built after a project by V. Shukhov, Ashgabat state theatre of Russian drama, cinema theatre, and others. There are also interesting views of a Turkmen aul (village) near Kyzyl-Arvat (now Serdar, north-west of Ashgabat); boats and boats men on the Amu Darya River at Chardzhou (now Turkmenabad); a market and a camel caravan at rest in Mary (an oasis in the Karakum Desert). Over a dozen portraits depict the Turkmen people at a market (selling watermelons, sheep, harnesses); local families outside or inside their yurts, children, camel drovers, and others. Overall an interesting collection of vivid views of first Soviet years in Turkmenistan.
$2250USD

 


23. [CENTRAL ASIA - UZBEKISTAN]
[PANOV, Ivan N.]
[Collection of Eighty-Two Original Photographs of Soviet Uzbekistan, Including over Thirty Views of Old Tashkent Taken before the 1966 Earthquake, Street Views of Bukhara, Fergana, Namangan, a View of the Syr Darya River in Khujand, and a Series of Picturesque Portraits of Local People].

Ca. 1928-1930. Eighty-two loose gelatin silver prints from ca. 13x18 cm (5 ¼ x 7 in) to ca. 10x14 cm (3 ¾ x 5 ½ in). Two photos captioned in pen/pencil in Russian on verso, one with a typewritten paper label and a censorship stamp on verso; several are numbered on verso. Two photos with the traces of old mounts on verso, but overall a very good collection.
Large collection of early vivid photo views and scenes of Soviet Uzbekistan taken just several years after it had become a part of Soviet Union (1924). The images were taken by talented Tashkent photographer Ivan Panov who worked for the State Art Publishing House in Moscow (Izogiz). Many of Panov’s views of Central Asian cities and landscapes, as well as portraits of local people were printed as postcards by the Izogiz in the 1930s (he is known for his views of Tashkent, Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan, Chelyabinsk, Moscow, Black Sea resorts and others).
The collection includes over thirty views of Tashkent which give a great representation of the old city before its destruction in the 1966 earthquake (most of the historic areas were ruined and the city was rebuilt on the basis of Soviet architectural styles). There are views of Tashkent street and squares with small shops, open air markets, tram cars, donkey riders, numerous street signs, theatre posters, et al.; close views of the old building of the main post office; People’s House which housed the first theatre in Central Asia (since 1912, later housed the Art Museum of Uzbekistan, was demolished in 1974); Sheihantaur architectural complex; Revolution (former Kaufman) Park with a street bookshop decorated with constructivist ornaments; Soviet club housed in a former mosque; building of a museum with the sign “The Museum is open;” “Winter Khiva” cinema theatre on Karl Marx prospect (built in 1917 and destroyed during the 1966 earthquake), et al. Other regions of Uzbekistan are shown on two photos of the Syr Darya River bank in Khujand, two street views of Fergana, a picturesque view of a street in Bukhara (with the typewritten label and a censorship stamp on verso), image of a carpet market in Namangan, and a series of views of ruins of old mosques and ancient fortifications in the Kwarezm region. There are also over twenty-five group and individual portraits of Uzbeks: fruit and nut sellers, donkey riders, crowds on the market, men and boys at a gathering or in chaihana (tea house), group of women under paranja at a cotton market, a scene with a dancing man cheered by his family, an Uzbek family next to their yurt, and others. Overall a valuable visual archive documenting the early years of Soviet Uzbekistan.
$3250USD

 


24. [CHINA – BEIJING, CANTON ETC.]
FOSTER, W.W.(1875-1954)

[Collection of Sixty-one Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of China including Photos of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Canton and the Pearl River].
1924. Seven stiff card leaves. Sixty-one mounted matte gelatin silver photographs, most ca. 7,5x13,5 cm (3 x 5 ¼ in). Many images with manuscript white ink captions on album leaf mounts (ca. 28x39 cm). Images mounted recto and verso on original black album leaves. Overall a very good collection of interesting strong images.
The strong and interesting images of China include sixteen images of Peking (Beijing) including "scenes on the way to Peking" street scenes and views of the Forbidden City etc.; Seven images of Shanghai including port and street scenes, horseless transportation etc.; Twelve images of Hong Kong including junks at Hong-Kong and Kowloon, Repulse Bay Hotel and Resort etc.; Twenty-six images of Canton and views taken during ninety mile voyage on the Pearl River taken from Hong Kong to Canton including Canton waterfront and street scenes, sampans on the Pearl River at Canton and Scenes on the Pearl River etc.., These photographs are from a collection of views by W.W. Foster from his voyage around the world in 1924 on board of RMS “Laconia” which left Los Angeles on the 31st of January 1924. W.W. Foster is most likely Major-General William Wasbrough Foster, a noted mountaineer, strike breaker, Conservative party politician, business man, army officer and chief constable in British Columbia, Canada.
$1250USD

 


25. [CHINA - HONG KONG]
[Collection of Eleven Large Original Albumen Photographs of Hong Kong].

Ca. 1880. Eleven mounted large albumen photos mounted on beige stiff card album leaves, each photo ca. 20,5x27 cm (8 x 10 ½ in) or slightly smaller. All captioned in manuscript pencil on album leaves. Some images and mounts mildly foxed, but overall a very good collection of sharp strong images.
This interesting collection of photographs shows Hong Kong's rapid development after the Taiping Rebellion which caused a large influx of Chinese immigration to the colony in the 1850s & 60s. The collection includes: Two panoramas of Hong Kong (one looking East and one looking West), the Free Mason's Hall, Public Gardens & Government House, Merchant Offices on Praya, City Hall & Cathedral, Parade Ground, the English Cemetery and two photos of the Race Course.
$1850USD

 


26. [CHINA - YANGTZE RIVER]
[Album with Thirty-three Original Photographs of the Upper and Middle Yangtze River and British Gunboat HMS Widgeon with its Crew].

Ca. 1900. Quarto (ca. 26x16 cm). 24 card stock leaves (6 blank). Thirty-three mounted gelatin silver prints, the majority ca. 8x10,5 cm (3x4 in) or slightly smaller; with six family photos of the same size at rear. One photo captioned in ink on verso: “Tibetans. Taken on board “Widgeon” at Chungking, January 1909”. Original green full cloth album with gilt lettered title “Photographs” on the front board. Album slightly rubbed on extremities and weak on hinges, corners slightly bumped, two mounts with minor tears, several images slightly faded, but overall a very good album.
Interesting album apparently compiled by a crew member of HMS Widgeon, a British gunboat that served on the upper and middle Yangtze River in the early 20th century. Among the images are three photos of British gunboats (two most likely showing HMS Widgeon), several portraits of British sailors (one with Chinese children on a river bank), a portrait of “Tibetans. Taken on board “Widgeon” at Chungking, January 1909,” over a dozen river views (Chinese boats, rowers, a group of workers in harnesses dragging a boat upstream, scenes of boat launching, head shaving on a river bank, et al.); portraits of Chinese peasants on rice and poppy fields, water bearers, villagers listening to music from a gramophone, views of Chinese villages, temples, tombs and others.
“From the end of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th, most Western powers maintained a naval presence in China. These gunboats protected traders and missionaries, safeguarded national interests, and patrolled Chinese rivers in search of pirates. It was a wild, lawless time in China as ruthless warlords fought numerous small wars to increase their power and influence” (Yangtze River gunboats, 1900-1949/ About the book/ ospreypublishing.com).
The gunboats on the Yangtze River “were vitally needed, as until their arrival no gunboats had managed to pass through the treacherous Yangtze gorges, to reach the calmer waters of the upper Yangtze beyond. Western merchants were vulnerable, so in May [1900] the two gunboats [HMS Woodlark and HMS Widgeon] braved the rapids, and battled their way upriver to Chungking. They remained there for more than a quarter of a century. Like her sister ships Teal and Moorhen, HMS Widgeon was a lightly enlarged version of the earlier two gunboats, and was shipped out to the Orient, and re-assembled in Shanghai. Widgeon entered service on the upper and middle Yangtze in 1904, and she remained there for three decades, before being decommissioned in 1931. In September 1926 she played an active part in the Wanhsien Incident, as her crew attempted to recover two British-registered freighters from a Chinese warlord” (Konstam, A. Yangtze River gunboats, 1900-1949. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2011, p. 8).
$1500USD

 


27. [EGYPT & PALESTINE]
BEATO, Antonio; SÉBAH, Pascal; BONFILS, Félix; ARNOUX, Hippolyte; FIORILLO, Luigi; DUMAS, Tancrède.
[Album of Eighty-Four Large Original Albumen Photographs of Egypt (74) and Palestine (10) most Likely Compiled by a French Diplomat]

Ca. 1875. Oblong Folio (ca. 27x38 cm). 48 stiff card leaves (five blank). 84 large albumen prints mounted on recto and verso, vast majority are ca. 22x28 cm (8 ½ x 11 in). Over 40 images captioned, numbered and/or signed by the studios in negative. All photos with period manuscript ink captions in French, some quite detailed. Period dark brown full morocco, all edges gilt. Covers with some minor wear, some photos and mounts with mild foxing, but overall a very good collection of photographs.
An interesting album most likely compiled by a French Diplomat stationed in Cairo as seven images show the Palais de L’Agence Diplomatique de France au Caire (French Diplomatic Agency Building in Cairo). The vast majority (74) of photographs show the ancient and contemporary sites in Egypt, while the other ten photographs show Jerusalem. The photographers represented are: Antonio Beato (after 1832 – 1906; active 1862- ca. 1900, established in Luxor in 1870); Pascal Sébah (1823 - 1886; active before 1878, studio in Constantinople); Félix Bonfils (1831 – 1885; active 1867-81, studio in Beirut); Hippolyte Arnoux (active ca. 1865 onwards, resident in Port Saïd); Tancrède Dumas (1830–1905; active late 1860s-90s); Luigi Fiorillo (d. 1898; active 1870s onwards).
The photographs included in this album are: Egypt: Road to the Pyramids; Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx (before and during excavation); View of the Nile River; The First Cataract of the Nile (three images, one shows a view encompassing Elephantine island and English camp near Aswan); Abou Simbel Temple (façade and interior); Philae Island (four images including Hypethral Temple and Great Temple; Edfu Temple (three perspectives, including beams at back of court); Luxor Temple (four perspectives, including view from the Nile, obelisk and statue of Ramses II); Karnak Temple Complex (thirteen images, including sacred lake, obelisk of Queen Hatasu; Hypostyle Hall (four images, including detailed photograph of bas reliefs), Sphinx Avenue, First Pylon, Second Pylon, columns); Medinet Habu (ruins of Ramses III palace, columns, court of Ramses III, bas reliefs); Theban Necropolis (Ramasseum, Colossi of Memnon, Bas reliefs in Deir el-Bahari; Abydos (Portrait of Seti I, Bas reliefs in Chamber of Amon, Mortuary Temple of Seti I (4 images)); Dendera Temple (bas reliefs on back, façade); Saqqara (Statue of Ramses II, Bas reliefs in Mastaba of Ti); Cairo (View, Rue du Caire, Tombs of Califes, Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, Interior of Qaytbay Mosque; French Embassy (Maison St Maurice, Bronze Door, Patio, Salon des Cachemires); Palm trees and Indigenous peoples (two images in Northern Egypt and Nile Valley), Group of Beherians, Irrigation tools (two images including Shadoof and Sakia), Studio Portraits (Arab Musicians from Esna and Merchants); Objects from Bulaq Museum, Suez Canal (three images, including views of El Kantarr and Port Saïd and Bien-Hoa ship).
Palestine: Panorama of Jerusalem taken from the Mount of Olives (three perspectives), The Valley of Josaphat, St. Stephen’s Gate, Church of the Holy Sepulchre (entrance and interior, four images), Mosque of Omar.
$3500USD

 


28. [EGYPT, PALESTINE, TURKEY & GREECE]
FIORILLO, Luigi; SÉBAH, Pascal; BONFILS, Félix; ARNOUX, Hippolyte.
[Collection of Two Albums with Eighty-two Large Original Albumen Photographs of Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Greece]

1887. Oblong Folios (ca. 25,5x36 cm) with 23 and 21 stiff card album leaves respectively (one blank) ca. 31,5x23,5 cm. 82 large albumen prints each ca. 20,5x26 cm (8 x 10 ¼ in) and four small albumen prints each ca. 14x10 cm (5 ½ x 4 in) mounted on recto and/or verso of the leaves. Over 60 images captioned, numbered and/or signed by the studios in negative. Very handsome elaborate period black decoratively gilt tooled full morocco, bevelled edges, all edges gilt and with brass clasps. Extemities mildly worn, front joints split, a few photographs mildly faded but overall very attractive albums of interesting photographs.
This collection of photographs of Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Greece, includes views of ancient and contemporary sites. Over 25 photographs of Egypt signed and captioned in negative by Luigi Fiorillo (active 1870s onwards, established in Alexandria) including contemporary views of Alexandria, numerous photographs of Cairo including images of locals and visitors at the Sphinx and Pyramid of Giza, and several portraits. Twenty photographs of Palestine signed and captioned by Fiorillo and several signed and captioned by Bonfils (active 1867-81, studio in Beirut) show contemporary streets of Jerusalem and Bethlehem as well as sites such as the Valley of Josaphat and the Austrian Hospice. Fifteen images of Constantinople, the majority signed and captioned in negative by Pascal Sébah (active before 1878, established in Constantinople), show views of the city, several famous sites and the Scutari monument, a Crimean War memorial that was revealed in 1856. Unusual is a photographs of a painting of Whirling Dervishes, printed and signed in negative by Sébah.
The photographs include: Egypt (mostly by Fiorillo): Alexandria (The Consuls’ Square; Abbat Hotel; Ras el-Tin Palace; Pompey’s Pillar; Field of Palm Trees; Cleopatra’s Needle); Cairo (Street with Locals, photograph by Arnoux; Arab Cemetery and Citadel; Tombs of the Mamluks; Tombs of the Califs; Garden and Cave of Azbakeya; Gezirah Palace (two images, including General View of the South Side and Kiosk and Palace Lake); Boulak Museum (Court and Interior); Temple of Kahfre; Visitors and Local People at the Sphinx; Great Pyramid of Giza (four images, including View of Village of Giza, Entrance to Pyramid and People Descending the Pyramid); Banks of the Nile River; The Holy Tree of Matarieh; Obelisk at Heliopolis); Portraits (including Peasant Women, Man and Donkey Carrying Water); Arab Bazaar; Man on Camel; Water Vendor
Palestine (mostly by Fiorillo): Road to Jerusalem in Abou Gosh; Jerusalem (Panorama; Church of the Holy Sepulchre (entrance and exterior); Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives; Church of the Pater Noster on the Mount of Olives; Valley of Josaphat (two perspectives, one includes the Tomb of Josaphat); The Cenacle and David’s Tomb; Church of the Flagellation; The Village of Siloam; Tombs of the Kings; Austrian Hospice (two images); Mosque of Omar; The Western Wall; Leprous Woman; Ancient streets); Bethlehem (Church of the Nativity; Street view); Portrait of Vincent Bracco (Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem); View of Reinhart’s Hotel in Ramla; View of Jaffa; Street of Jaffa
Greece: Multiple Views (Athens; Acropolis; Athens Observatory); The Tower of the Winds; Hydrianic Reliefs of Theatre of Dionysus Stage front; Arch of Hadrian; Four Portraits (including Howling Dervish, Apple Merchant, Turkish Woman); Three views of Corfu (General View, Waterfront, Hotel Saint George)
Turkey (Constantinople, mostly by Sébah): View of the City; Hagia Sophia (two images of the interior); Galata Bridge; Fountain of Ahmed III; Galata Tower; Beylerbeyi Palace; Obelisk of Theodosius and Obelisk Konstantyna; Ortaköy Mosque; Drawn and printed image of Whirling Dervishes, Edge of Cemetery, Scutari Monument.
$6500USD

 


29. [FLORIDA]
[Collection of Fifteen Albumen Stereoviews of Florida from the America Illustrated Tropical Series].

Ca. 1875. Fifteen albumen stereoviews each ca. 10x14,5 cm (4 x 4 ½ in) All mounted on original thick card with pictorial printed boarders, all captioned in negative. Overall a very good collection of strong, sharp and interesting images.
The rare views include: Jacksonville: St. James Hotel (x2), Windsor Hotel, Palmettos near Jacksonville (x2); St. Augustine: City & Sea Wall, Entrance to Ft. Marion, Date Palms; Alexander Mitchel's Estate; Steamboat Landing Arlington; Harriett Beecher Stowe's Winter Residence, Mandarin; Rogers Landing, Ocklawaha River; Ancient Spanish Governor's Residence; Claredon Hotel at Green Cove Springs; Love in a Cottage. From the estate of Alfred I. duPont (1864-1935), "American industrialist, financier, philanthropist and a member of the influential Du Pont family" (Wikipedia).
$950USD

 


30. [GEORGIA - BORJOMI]
[Album with 34 Original Photographs of the Famous Georgian Resort Borjomi and Its Environs, Including the Romanov Palace in Likani, Borjomi Cargo Railway Station, Saw Mill, Sanatorium of Dr. Hambachidze, Tabatskuri Lake, and Others].

Ca. 1900s. Oblong Quarto (ca. 18,5x24 cm). Thirty-four gelatin silver prints mounted on recto of card stock leaves, images ca. 12x17 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in) or slightly smaller. About a dozen with later ink captions on the mounts in Russian. Original beige full cloth album with a painted scene in oil (depicting a Georgian village at night) on the front cover. The binding weak on hinges, leaves disconnected at one joint, but the images are bright and sound. Overall a very good album.
Interesting historically important collection of original photographs of turn of the 20th century Borjomi – then the estate of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich Romanov (1832-1909) and a favourite summer resort of the Russian aristocracy. The pictures were taken by a local resident and at different times ranger of the Imperial forest and manager of the Borjomi sawmill. Several images bear handwritten commentaries by his son or daughter, e.g. “Papa in the Mineral Park [of Borjomi],” “Mama on the path to Likani on the other bank of the Kura River,” “Mama on the opposite side of the Starokavalerskaya Hotel,” “[Mama and Papa] in Tori (behind Bakuriani, in the now closed forestry; could be reached by an araba carriage only),” and others.
The sharp well preserved images include general views of the Borjomi Gorge and the city itself with the mansions on the banks of the Kura River and the Olga Bridge, images of the famous palace of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich in Likani (built in Moorish style in 1892-1895, there is a general view of the palace and a view of the duck pond), four views of Borjomi sawmill on the bank of the Black River taken from above (with various facilities and piles of wooden logs and planks), Borjomi cargo station of the narrow gauge Barjomi-Bakuriani railway (constructed in 1898-1901), sanatorium of Doctor Hambachidze (with a large painted sign “Sanatorium Dr. Hambachdze. 1904” on the roof), Tabatskuri Lake (located between Borjomi and Akhalkalaki districts in Samtskhe-Javakheti region), and others. There are also several portraits of local residents and family friends identified by the child of the album’s compiler: “Administrator of the Borjomi Estate before Vinogradov – Gets,” “Ivan Iosiphovich Roshchin and his wife Zinaida Konstantinovna (a forest ranger before Papa, he lived in our apartment),” “Ernest Vladimirovich Ramm with his wife, the manager of the sawmill before Papa, he lived behind the sawmill,” “Our last apartment (before the renovation), on the balcony – a hunter Karl Vladimirovich Ramm.” Overall an important visual source on the topography and history of pre-revolutionary Borjomi.
“The viceroy Mikhail Vorontsov, fascinated by local landscape and mineral waters, made Borjomi his summer residence and refurnished it with new parks. Its warm climate, mineral water springs, and forests made Borjomi a favorite summer resort for the aristocracy, and gave it its popular name of "the pearl of Caucasus". In the 1860s, new hotels were built, and an administration for mineral waters was established. In 1871, Borjomi was bestowed upon the royal family member, Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayvich, then the viceroy of the Caucasus. In the 1890s, Mikhail’s son, Nikolay, built a park and a chateau at Likani, at the western end of Borjomi. The bottled mineral waters began to be extensively exported. The town grew significantly at the expanse of Russian migrants and, in 1901, the number of ethnic Russian inhabitants (2,031) outstripped the native Georgians (1,424) for the first time” (Wikipedia).
$950USD

 


31. [GEORGIA - TBILISI]
[Original Large Five Part Gelatin Silver Photograph Panorama of Tbilisi, Georgia].

Ca. 1890. Five part albumen photograph of Tbilisi ca. 17x113 cm (7 x 44 ½ in.) With a couple of minor creases, but overall a very good strong panorama.
This interesting five part panorama of Tbilisi with the Narikala, the ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, and the Tbilisi Mosque in the right two panels with the rest of the old city to the left. This sharp panorama clearly shows the architecure of the city and also two cemeteries.
$1500USD

 


32. [GREECE - THESSALONIKI]
[Original Four-part Albumen Photograph Panorama of Thessaloniki, Greece].

Ca. 1890. Four part albumen photograph of Thessaloniki ca. 17x96 cm (7x38 in). One part mounted on original album leaf, one part backed with linen. Very mildly faded but overall still a very good panorama.
This interesting four part panorama of Thessaloniki taken from sea shows the coastal view of seafront of Thessaloniki with the White Tower on the right and walls of Thessaloniki shown on the left and Mount Chortiatis in the background.
$1250USD

 


33. [INDIA - KOLKATA]
[FRITH, Francis] (?) (1822-1898)
[Collection of Thirty-Six Original Early Albumen Photographs of Kolkata (Calcutta), Showing Colonial Architecture and Local People].

Ca. 1870. Thirty-six albumen photographs each ca. 10x13 cm (3 ¾ x 5 ¼ in.) mounted recto on six loose stiff card folio albums leaves each ca. 43x30,5 cm (17x12 in). Over twenty images with period pencil captions on the mounts. A collection of very good strong photographs.
The strong images in this interesting collection show important buildings and local inhabitants in Kolkata including Scotch Kirk (St Andrew’s Church, one of the first public buildings erected by the East India Company); St. James Church (known as “Jora Girja” built 1862); View of St Paul’s Church (completed in 1847); Tipu Sultan Mosque; Prinsep Ghat (built 1841); Babughat (built in 1830); Entrance to F.W. Bakers Photographic Gallery; The Great Eastern Hotel (2 photos); R. Scott Thomson & Co Pharmacy (opened in 1863); Post Office; Oriental Bank; Agra Bank; Bank of Bengal; Government House (2 photos including the 1870 visit from the Duke of Edinburgh; Town Hall; Old Custom House; Lion's gate at Governor House; New High Court; Kolkata Port (3 photos) ; Snake charmers; Eden Garden (2 photos); Old Court House Street; Sealdah Railway Station; Bengal Club/United Service Club Building (Opened 1827 - 2 photos); Statue of Lord Hardinge; Statue of Sir William Peel. Although the images are unsigned, the subject matter, style and tonality strongly point towards Francis Frith being the photographer.
$1500USD

 


34. [JAMAICA - KINGSTON EARTHQUAKE 1907]
[Album of Sixty Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Titled:] A Visit to Jamaica in 1907 Immediately After the Great Earthquake.

1907. Oblong Quarto (ca. 20x25,5 cm). 30 dark green stiff card album leaves. Sixty gelatin silver photographs (47 glossy and 13 matte) ranging in size from ca. 11x15,5 cm (4 ¼ x 6 in.) to ca. 7,5x10 cm (3x4 in) mounted recto on album leaves. All captioned on mounts in manuscript white ink. With two ephemeral pieces of R.M.S. "Port Kingston" tipped in: Souvenir - Imperial Direct West India Mail Service Co. Ld. - Log of the R.M.S. "Port Kingston" (voyage 22) & Dinner D' Adieu 11-3-07 & Programme of Athletic Sports Tuesday March 5th 1907. Also loosely inserted Passenger list T.S.S. "Tahiti" Sailing.., For Sydney (Oct. 1911). Period black gilt tooled half morocco with dark green pebbled cloth boards. Rebacked in style, extremities with mild wear and boards with some mild water staining, but overall a very good collection of interesting photographs.
This interesting private album of a voyage to Jamaica soon after the 1907 earthquake, shows onboard scenes and over fifteen detailed views of the damage caused by the earthquake in Kingston and includes views the Colonial Bank ruins, King Street in ruins, Orange Street in ruins, Queen Victoria's statue turned around by earthquake and the damage to the Parish Church. Other views include over ten images of Ocho Rios including the Sylvia Lawn Hotel and its staff as well as numerous views of the beach and several views of Montego Bay, Constant Spring showing Earthquake damage and views of Spanish Town and the Rio Cobra River.
The collection of photographs include: Onboard: Ship deck; Approaching Turks Island; Wheelbarrow race on deck; Port Royal, showing sunken trees; Sunrise over Blue Mountains, Jamaica; Couple on Deck; Kingston: Nearing the wharves; Alongside a Wharf; Colonial Bank Ruins; Street Ruins; King Street (4 views, including ruins and fire damage); Orange Street; Crowds at the Market; People waiting in line at The Halfway Tree; Constant Spring Hotel; View from Constant Spring Hotel; The Parish Church (two views, visible damage); Queen Victoria’s Statue affected by Earthquake; Wharves seen from Shore; Ocho Rios: Sylvia Lawn Hotel (two views, one with staff); Beach (Seven views, including private cove and family photos); The Fording (two views); Cocoa-nut palms; River Falls (coloured photo) Spanish Town: Royal Palms; Admiral Rodneys Monument; Rio Cobra River (four views); Street view Castleton: Hut on the Road to Castleton; Castleton Gardens (three views) Moneague: On the Road to Moneague; Palm Trees; View; Fern Gully; Montego Bay (five views, including a Country Spring and Dry River Bed); Constant Spring showing Earthquake Damage.
The January 14, 1907 Kingston earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 and was considered at that time one of the world's worst in history.
$1850USD

 


35. [JAPAN - NIKKO]
[Album of Twenty-six Original Photographs of Nikko, Japan].

Ca. 1890. Oblong Folio (ca. 28x38 cm). 26 leaves. 26 large photographs ca. 20,5x26 cm (8 x 10 ¼ in) mounted on 26 stiff cardboard leaves. All photographs numbered and captioned in negative, 15 photographs with custom made labels with type written text. Period brown gilt lettered half morocco with cloth boards neatly rebacked and re-cornered in style with new endpapers. Overall a very good album.
The album includes early large photographs of the main sites of Nikko, a mountainous resort approximately 140 km north of Tokyo, which became especially popular among foreign visitors in the end of the 19th century. The photographs show Hatsuishi Street (numbered 1197), the Sacred Bridge (748) leading to the Futarasan Shrine, Manganji Garden (1129 and 1132), and a large group of views of the Tosho-gu Shrine. The latter includes pictures of several gate: Ishidorii (740), Yomeimon (715 and 729), Karamon (733), Niomon (716), Torii (709), Eaimitsu (427); views of Five-storied pagoda (757), Eaimitsu temple (702), tomb of Iyeyasu shogun (710, 711, 714); a sculpture of Three Wise Monkeys (1052), stone lions of Tobikoye Shishi (1145), Korean bronze lantern (358), lavish wall carvings (761), buildings of Koro (739), Futatsudo (1147), Kaguraden (1210), Mizuya (713), an alley with stone idols (807) et al.
"In 1890 first railway connection to Nikko was provided by the Japanese National Railways, which was followed by the Tobu Railway in 1929 with its Nikko Line" (Wikipedia). Nowadays Nikko is also a popular destination for Japanese and international tourists, famous for its ancient temples, tombs of great Japanese shoguns Tokugawa Ieyasu and Tokugawa Iemitsu, the Futarasan Shinto Shrine and numerous hot springs. The shrine of Nikko Tosho-gu, Futarasan Shrine, and a Buddhist temple complex Rinno-ji now form the UNESCO World Heritage Site Shrines and Temples of Nikko (Wikipedia).
$950USD

 


36. [JAPAN]
[Album of 125 Original Gelatin-Silver Photographs of Central Japan Including Nikko, Mount Nasu, Mount Asama, Kyoto, Kamakura etc., Showing Architecture, Landscapes, Temples and Local People etc.; [WITH: Six Original Japanese Prints and two Original Watercolours].

1911. Oblong Folio (27x36 cm). 33 black album leaves. Collection of 125 gelatin silver prints, all but six mounted on recto and/or verso. Includes two photographs ca. 8,5x29 cm (3 ¼ x 11 ¼ in), seven ca. 9,5x14 cm (3 ¾ x 5 ½ in), six ca. 9x9 cm (3 ½ x 3 ½ in) and the rest 7,5x10 cm (3 x 4 in) or slightly smaller. Captions in period manuscript white ink on most leaves. Additionally over 10 photographs have been hand coloured. The collection also includes two studio albumen prints each ca. 21x25,5 cm (8 ¼ x 10 in) with captions in negative, Six original Japanese prints ranging from ca. 6,5x9,5 cm (2 ½ x 3 ¾ in) to ca. 9x14 cm (3 ½ x 5 ½ in), and two original watercolours ca. 6,5x20 cm (2 ½ x 7 ¾ in). Period style black gilt tooled half morocco with black cloth covers. A couple of album leaves with some mild traces of moisture but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
This album of unique private photographs compiled by (mostly likely) an English lady (several photos which show the photographer are captioned "self") shows a variety of locations in central Japan, including the topography, architecture and local scenes. Included are images of Nikko (over 20 photographs): Temple procession (6 photos); Monastery Garden (4 photos); Gangnam ga fuchi (4 photos); Japanese girls in Kimono (4 photos); Tomb of Shogun Leyasu; Nasu Dake (Mount Nasu): 20 photographs including crater, inn, Nasu village; Kyoto: 14 photographs including pagodas, Gion Shrine (Now Yasaka Shrine), Gion Procession, Teapot lane, Chionin Temple; Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture (over 10 photographs): Daibutsu (4 images); Beach (2 views); Hachiman Temple and Lotus Garden (4 images); Shrine; Trip to Mount Asama (15 images including Kawarayu, Shibukawa, Maebashi; 4 views of Asama Yama; Kusatsu); Chuzenji Lake (On the way (5 images); Lake (5 views); Lakeside hotel; 2 images of net fishing); Pack horse; 3 photographs of carts and drivers; planting rice; ploughing paddy; Yumoto Lake (2 views); Miyanoshita Onsen, Kanagawa Prefecture (Fujiya Hotel, White Japanese Cock).
$1850USD

 


37. [JAPAN]
[KUSAKABE, Kimbei (1841–1934)]
[Collection of Forty-Four Original Photographs of Japan].

Ca. 1880. Forty-four handcoloured albumen photographs each ca. 20x26 cm (8 x 10 ½ in), most titled in negative. Photographs mounted on both sides of original card mounts. Generally good strong images but with a few mildly faded ones, a few mounts with mild foxing but overall a very good collection.
The titled images in this collection include: 8. Kago, Travelling chair; 11. Palying Samisen Tsudzumi Fuye & Taiko; 67. Home Bathing; 80. Visiting Ceremonial; 84. Freight Cart; 87. Collie Winter Dress; 94. New Year's Ceremony; 97. Farmer's House; 123. Dancing Party; 131 Sumiyoshi Dance; 167. A Fiddler and the Guiteress; 172. Hair Dressing; 195. Street Amazake Seller, a kind of drink made of fermented rice; 217. Group of Children; 175. Dogashima; 934. Tennoji Pagoda at Osaka; 129. Yomeimon Gate Nikko; 233. Nunobiki at Kobe; 484. Daibutsu Nara; 509. Shijo Bridge at Kioto; 626. Main Street Tokio; 629 Cherry bank at Koganei; 901. Hozugawa, a Rapids at Kioto; 902. Hozugawa, a Rapids at Kioto; 917. Kinkakuji Garden at Kioto; 921. Kinkakuji Garden at Kioto; 1016. Enoshima; 1018. Daidutsu Bronze Image Kamakura; 343. Tennoji Temple Osaka; 1087. Lake of Biwa from Miidera; Jinrikisha, (Carriage), Osuwa; Burial Place, Nagasaki; Entrance to Nagasaki Harbour; Nagasaki Harbour; Bund, Nagasaki; Road to Mogi, (Tagami); Takaboko, (Pappenberg), Nagasaki; Nakashima-Gawa, Nagasaki; Budhist Temple, Nagasaki & five untitled images.
“Kusakabe Kimbei was a Japanese photographer. He usually went by his given name, Kimbei, because his clientele, mostly non-Japanese-speaking foreign residents and visitors, found it easier to pronounce than his family name. Kusakabe Kimbei worked with Felice Beato and Baron Raimund von Stillfried as a photographic colourist and assistant before opening his own workshop in Yokohama in 1881 in the Benten-dōri quarter, and from 1889 operating in the Honmachi quarter. He also opened a branch in the Ginza quarter of Tokyo. Around 1885, he acquired the negatives of Felice Beato and of Stillfried, as well as those of Uchida Kuichi. Kusakabe also acquired some of Ueno Hikoma's negatives of Nagasaki. He stopped working as a photographer in 1912-1913. Most of his albums are mounted in accordion fashion” (Wikipedia).
$1500USD

 


38. [MADEIRA - FUNCHAL]
[Original Three-part Gelatin Silver Photograph Titled on Mount:] Panorama of Funchal, Madeira.

Ca. 1890. Mounted three part gelatin silver photograph of Funchal ca. 14,5x59 cm (5 ½ x 23 in). Captioned in manuscript black ink on mount. Mount very slightly foxed, one photo part with some mild creasing but overall a very good panorama.
This interesting three part panorama of Funchal was taken from the coastline of Sao Martinho. The photograph shows what is today the Funchal ferry terminal in the centre of the panorama with the historic city centre behind and the hills of Sao Goncalo in the background.
$650USD

 


39. [NEW ZEALAND]
SMYTH, J. N.
[Album of Twelve Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of a Survey in the Southern Alps, Central Western South Island, New Zealand].

Ca. 1898. Oblong Octavo (14x19,5 cm). 12 beige stiff card album leaves. Twelve mounted gelatin silver photographs each ca. 12x16 cm (5 x 6 ½ in). Images mounted recto on album leaves. All except one image captioned in period, manuscript ink and additional details provided in period handwritten pencil on opposite pages. Additionally with the presentation of the album compiler: "To Dear Clara from her affect. Brother, J. N. Smyth, New Zealand, Decr. 1898." Period maroon gilt tooled half faux morocco with brown cloth boards, gilt titled "Views" on front cover. Album covers mildly warped, a couple of images very mildly faded but overall a very good collection of photographs.
An interesting private album of photographs compiled by surveyor J. N. Smyth which documents a survey in Central Western South Island, New Zealand and includes images of the Franz Josef (captioned "80 miles from Hokitika - I have been all over it") and Balfour Glaciers including Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook (captioned "100 miles from Hoka"), Lake Mapourika (captioned "5 miles from town - our favourite picnic place"), Mahinapua Creek (captioned "2 miles from town - a most remarkable reflection in this creek"), Mount Copland and Lyttles Peak and two views of the Whitcomb River (one captioned "I surveyed a line of road up this river into Canterbury three years ago - now in course of construction"). Additionally, the album includes two images of the photographer's survey camp at Kaniere Lake including some visitors (One captioned "Visiting Day at my camp 12 miles from Hokitika" and naming all in the photo: J.N. Smyth, J. Graham, Head Cook Bill Liltny?, Dog "Bruce"?, Mrs Fred Hurrop, Miss Campbell, Mrs. Smyth, Mrs. Graham, Arthur Hurrop, Bertha Hurrop, Dog "Bill."). Also included are images of cyclists at Kaniere Lake (captioned "Going to Hokitika") and West Coast Maori.
$750USD

 


40. [NORTH PACIFIC - SEA OF OKHOTSK]
[Collection of Twenty-three Original Photographs Documenting the Investigation of the Wreck of the Russian Coast Guard Ship Kreiserok in the Vicinity of Cape Soya, Northwestern Hokkaido].

Ca. 1889. One photograph ca. 16,5x22 cm (6 ½ x 8 ½ in), eighteen photographs, ca. 12x17 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in) and four smaller photographic portraits of the Kreiser’s crew, ca. 11x8 cm (4 ¼ x 3 ¼ in) mounted on card leaves of different sizes. The majority of photographs with pencil captions in Danish on the lower margins of the mounts. Minor foxing of the mounts and mounts a bit warped, but overall a very good collection.
This important photographic collection documents the search expedition of the Russian Navy to the northwestern Hokkaido in November 1889 - January 1890. The purpose was to investigate the fate of the shipwreck of the Russian coast guard schooner Kreiserok ("Little Cruiser") which was in service on the coast of Tyuleniy Island (in the Sea of Okhotsk, 19 km to the south of Cape Patience (Mys Terpeniya), on the eastern Sakhalin coast) protecting against poachers and disappeared in a storm on the 26th of October, 1889.
The wreck of Kreiserok was discovered by Japanese on the shore next to village Wakkanai, in the vicinity of Cape Soya, the northernmost point of Hokkaido, 43 km away across the Laperouse Strait from Sakhalin Island. The Russian consulate informed the Pacific Squadron of the Russian Navy which wintered in Nagasaki, and the Squadron Commander rear admiral Vladimir Schmidt sent the investigation expedition on clipper Kreiser ("Cruiser") to ascertain whether the wreck was indeed the Kreiserok.
The expedition under the leadership of renowned Russian Polar explorer, doctor Alexander von Bunge (1851-1930) included Lt. V.N. Bukharin and other Russian mariners, as well as Japanese officials and translators. The party reached the place of the wreck with great difficulties because of heavy snowfalls and strong winds. They examined what left of the schooner - a part of stern with steering wheel and the right side with both masts. Two ship’s boats, the flag and the board with the ship’s name were discovered, as well as a body of a sailor (Fedor Ivanov). None of the crew members was rescued, obviously there were no survivors. The cause of the disaster wasn’t determined, but it was assumed that the ship wrecked because of the ice formation on Kreiserok’s hull and rigging during strong storm, winds and low temperatures.
This photograph collection, assembled by the Danish member of Kreiser’s crew, Lt. C.M.T. Cold (who also captioned most of the images), includes eleven images of the Kreiserok wreck on shore with all parts of the schooner's remains clearly visible. Five images show the surrounding coast and a Japanese settlement, covered with deep snow. The majority of the pictures from the wreckage also show the expedition members, with Alexander Bunge present on five pictures, and possibly V. Bukharin and Lt. Cold present at least on six pictures; several pictures show the Japanese members, and two images are group portraits of all expedition members. Five pictures are dedicated to the clipper Kreiser including four portraits of its crew members, and a view of Kreiser in the harbour of Nagasaki, the latter was reproduced in: Krestianinov, V.I. Cruisers of the Russian Imperial Navy, 1856-1917. Part 1. SPb., 2003 (Крестьянинов, В.Я. Крейсера Российского Императорского флота, 1856-1917. Ч. I. СПб, 2003).
The monument erected in 1897 in Vladivostok in memory of Kreiserok and its crew became the first monument of Vladivostok and the first official memorial on the Pacific to Russian naval mariners who perished on duty.
Kreiserok ("Little Cruiser") was a coast guard schooner of the Russian Imperial Navy. Tonnage 15 t., length 24 m., width 8 m., draught 2.13 m. Built in 1884 in Seattle, before 1886 - American schooner "Henrietta." In 1886 it was confiscated by the Russian clipper "Kreiser" for poaching in the Russian waters of the Bering Sea. In 1887 under command of lieutenant Tsvangman it carried out hydrographical survey of the Amur estuary. On the 14th of May 1888 it was renamed after the clipper "Kreiser" and became a coast guard vessel of the Tyuleniy Island (the Sea of Okhotsk). In October 1889 during its service on the island’s coast it captured American poaching schooner Rose and prepared to escort it to Vladivostok, but instead wrecked in a storm with the entire crew perishing. A cape and a bay in the Possiet Gulf (Peter the Great Gulf of the Sea of Japan) were named after it.
Alexander von Bunge was a renowned Russian Polar explorer, doctor of medicine and zoologist, a son of famous botanist Alexander von Bunge (1803-1890). He participated in the expeditions to the mouth of the River Lena (1882-84), Yenisey River (1892-95), Spitsbergen (1900) et al; he headed the expedition to the New Siberian Islands (1885-86). Von Bunge’s meteorological observations were used by F. Nansen during his famous Fram expedition. An island in the Arctic Ocean (Bunge Land), a peninsula on the Russky Island (Nordenskiöld Archipelago), glaciers on Spitsbergen and Novaya Zemlya, and a mountain on Spitsbergen were named after him.
$1250USD

 


41. [PAKISTAN - NORTHEASTERN HILL STATIONS]
WRIGHT, H.L. (1887 - c.1962)
[Album of Eighty-one Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Northern Pakistan; WITH: Eight Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Agra, India].

1909-10. Oblong Large Quarto (25x30 cm). 11 Beige Stiff Card Album Leaves. 89 mounted gelatin silver photos including six larger ones ca. 15,5x21,5 cm (6 x 8 ½ in) and 83 smaller ones ca. 6,5x11 cm (2 ½ x 4 ½ in). All captioned and many dated in manuscript ink on album leaves. Recent period style green half morocco album with green patterned cloth covers. Some photographs mildly faded, one photograph crudely removed, but overall a very good collection of interesting images.
A collection of interesting photographs taken by British forestry officer H.L. Wright documenting his travels and work in Northern Pakistan which include images of the towns and villages of: Sihala, Kahuta, Nar, Karor, Charhan, Ghora Gali, Fateh Jang, Bagh Nilab, Rawalpindi, Bhurban, Dunga Gali. Wright, who is shown in various photographs is shown travelling around Northern Pakistan supervising various roads that are being constructed between the hill stations and towns in Northeastern Pakistan. Photographs of work camps, native road workers are included as well as scenes of road building. Other images show a local school, locals with hawks and also several images show Wright's accommodations in various places and the leisure activities of Wright and his fellow colonial administrators. The album also has eight photographs of Wright's visit to the Taj Mahal and Fort in Agra which preceded his travels in Pakistan. H.L. Wright was an officer of the Indian Forest Department who later served in Mandi, and then in Kashmir where he was employed by Maharaja as Chief Conservator and editor of Forestry Journal. A friend of Eric Shipton, he took the photo of Shipton on horse which appears on dust jacket of Blank on the Map.
$950USD

 


42. [PANAMA CANAL CONSTRUCTION & KINGSTON EARTHQUAKE]
[Album of Thirty-one Original Photographs Showing a trip by a Group of Chicago Businessmen Touring Panama at the time of the Construction of the Panama Canal and also Puerto Rico, Cuba and Kingston, Jamaica at the time of the Earthquake There].

1907. Oblong Folio (ca. 28,5x40 cm). 25 black heavy card stock leaves. The album contains twenty mounted large platinum prints each ca. 18,5x24 cm (7 ½ x 9 ½ in) and eleven mounted smaller gelatin silver prints each ca. 11x16cm (4 ½ x 6 ½ in) or slightly smaller. All images captioned in white manuscript on mounts. Original black pebbled cloth album by The Heinn Co. Cover with some staining but overall still a very good album with strong and sharp images.
This album which documents the construction of the Panama Canal and the 1907 Kingston Earthquake includes images of: Chicago Party (of business men); Landing Place (La Marina) San Juan, P.R. " waiting for more carriages;" Casa Blanca, P.R.; Old City Wall, gate and watchtower at San Juan P.R.; Group at Panama R.R. Station; Native Huts, Panama; A very small part of old French machinery at Empire, Canal Zone; Steam Shovel at Gatun, Canal Zone; View from Ancon, Panama, showing reservoir and Hotel Tivoli; Part of Culebra Cut; Part Old Spanish Cemetery, Panama. "no pay no stay;" Ruins of oldest church in Panama; Avenue of Royal Palms near Rio Cobre Hotel, Spanish Town, Jamaica; Street Scene in Kingston, Jamaica, showing effect of earthquake (1907); Harbour, Santiago, Cuba; The Morro, Santiago, Cuba; Scene in Guantanamo Harbour, Cuba; Drawbridge at Cabanas, Havana; Laurel Ditch, Cabanas, Havana, Cuba; Sunset, close of the last day of the trip; Disembarking into boats; U.S. Warships at Guantanamo; Public Square, San Juan; After the earthquake; Tivoli Hotel, Ancon, C.Z.; Kingston inhabitants; Empire, C.Z.; Culebra Cut, March 2, 1907; Kingston Kids; Morro Castle, Havana; Sunset.
The U.S. formally took control of the canal property on May 4, 1904, but construction of the Panama Canal would take another 10 years before completion.
"The 1907 Kingston earthquake which shook the capital of the island of Jamaica with a magnitude of 6.5.., was considered by many writers of that time one of the world's deadliest earthquakes recorded in history" (Wikipedia).
$2500USD

 


43. [PERU - CUZCO]
[Original Large Three-part Gelatin Silver Photograph Panorama of Cuzco, Peru].

Ca. 1890. Mounted three part gelatin silver photograph of Cuzco ca. 22x85 cm (9 x 33 ½ in). Mounted on original card and recently matted, overall a very good panorama.
This interesting and large three part panorama shows Cuzco (the historic capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest) taken from Saksaywaman (the citadel ruins founded in the 11th century) located in the hills above Cuzco. This panorama taken from above shows the historic centre of Cuzco and many of the main colonial buildings can clearly be seen including the Plaza de Armas (in the centre), the Cuzco Cathedral, the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, the Convent and Church of la Merced, Plaza de San Francisco, Qurikancha with Convent of Santo Domingo, etc..,
$2250USD

 


44. [RUSSIA - MOSCOW & ST. PETERSBURG]
[Collection of Forty-seven Original Photographs by an American Tourist to Imperial Russia, Including Over Thirty Views of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Environs, a Portrait of Leo Tolstoy in Yasnaya Polyana, with views of Helsingfors, Norway and “King Edward passing our hotel in Hamburg”].

Ca. 1904. Forty-seven gelatin silver prints mounted on recto and verso of loose card stock leaves (ca. 27,5x19,5 cm or 10 ¾ x 7 ¾ in). All but one images are ca. 9x15 cm (3 ½ x 5 ¾ in) or slightly smaller, one image is ca. 9x11,5 cm (3 ½ x 4 ½ in). All images with period ink captions on the mounts. A couple of images mildly faded, but overall a very good collection.
Interesting collection of vivid snapshots taken by an American tourist in the Imperial Russia during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). The collection includes twenty-eight views of Moscow with ten lively photos of the Kremlin (showing the Cathedral Square with the Cathedral of the Archangel and Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the Red Square with the Kremlin Wall, Grand Kremlin Palace and Spasskaya Tower, Borovitskaya Tower with the entrance to the Kremlin, Kutafya Tower with the Alexandrovsky Garden, gate of the Spasskaya Tower, a corner of the Cathedral Square with the Dormition Cathedral, the Great Bell Tower and others), a city view taken from the Kremlin with the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in distance, and a number of interesting street views. The tourist who most likely stayed in the National Hotel photographed a corner of the Moiseevskaya (modern Manezhnaya) Square with the Alexander Nevsky Chapel which was to be demolished in 1922, the restaurant of I.S. Chistov on Moiseevskaya Square, a butcher shop, harness shop of V.S. Semenov, busy street markets and others. Two interesting portraits show recruits to the Russo-Japanese war at a railway station, there are also potraits of a Moscow policeman, and cart drivers.
Eleven views of Saint Petersburg and environs depict palaces and churches in Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo, railway station in Tsaskoye Selo, and drozhky cart in Saint Petersburg. The collection also includes a portrait of Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) in his Yasnaya Polyana estate titled “Tolstoy at home, near Moscow”. There are also views of a railway station in Bulgaria, streets of Helsingfors, three photos from a trip to Norway, and a scene titled “King Edward passing our hotel in Hamburg” (Edward VII visited Hamburg in June 1904). Overall an interesting collection of tourist snapshots of pre-revolutionary Russia.
$1500USD

 


45. [RUSSIA (AMUR) - TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY]
[Collection of Seventy-seven Original Photographs of Obluchye Station and Village on the Amur Railway Taken by a Local Doctor Shortly After the Founding of the Village and in the Last Years of the Railway Construction, with Interesting Images of the Village Hospital, Street and General Views, Railway Under Construction, and others].

Ca. 1912-1914. Oblong Quarto (ca. 20,5x28 cm). 22 card stock leaves with tissue guards. With seventy-seven mounted gelatin silver prints of various size, including over thirty large images ca. 13x17,5 cm (5x7 in), the rest are from ca. 9x13,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ¼ in) to ca. 4x8 cm (1 ½ x 3 ¼ in). The majority with period ink captions on the lower margins, seven with ink stamps in Russian (“Obluchye Station” in translation), several titled in negative. Original grey cardboard album with an additional original photo mounted on the front board. Boards worn on extremities and slightly soiled, several photos removed from the album, otherwise a very good collection.
Historically important collection of original photos taken by a doctor from the hospital of the recently founded Obluchye Station on the Amur Railway. It was the last section of the Trans-Siberian Railway, constructed in 1907-1916, and it was at the Obluchye Station that the eastern and the western sections of the Amur Railway came together (in 1914), thus making it possible for the trains to go through.
This album, compiled in 1912-1914, contains a series of interesting and very early views of the Obluchye railway station and village which was founded just a year before (in 1911), including several general views of the village (two dated 1912); two images of railway construction in Obluchye, including the one with the rails in the foreground and the workers cutting through the hilll; views of the village in snow, with the surrounding taiga forest (one titled in Russian and German “Motiv aus der Taiga des Amurgebiets”); a photo of Obluchye laundry facility, and others. Several historically important images show Obluchye hospital: general views (one with the paramedics posing at the entrance), images of the department and barracks for infectionuos diseases, dispensary under construction; one photo of a skull surgery peing performed at the hospital, and others. There are also two interesting views of the admissions departments (priyomny pokoy) of the hospitals in Kimkan and Birakan villages (both located in the Obluchye district on the Trans-Siberian Railway).
The album opens with the portrait of the album compiler shown in his yard, dated “Obluchye, 20 June 1914;” there are also portraits of a Russian lady (apparently, his wife) photographed at the bank of the Khingan River (right tributary of the Amur River); chemist A.N. Kalmykov in his lab; numerous portraits of the doctor’s family in Obluchye; a portrait of a local officer taken on the way from Birakan to Kuldur; two portraits of the doctor and his wife during a visit to Kobe, Japan; group portrait of the local residents titled “Yakov Osipovich Akimov” and others. The album cover features a slightly blurry photo of a steamer “Kolumb” on the way from Pashkovo village (in the Obluchye district, on the bank of the Amur River) to Blagoveshchensk (the same photo is mounted additionally mounted in the album).
Overall a very interesting visual source on the early years of the Amur Railway and pioneer life in the Amur region.
“Obluchye (Russian: Облу́чье) is a town and the administrative center of Obluchensky District in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Russia, located on the Amur River, 159 kilometers (99 mi) west of Birobidzhan, the administrative center of the autonomous oblast. <…> Construction on a section of the Trans-Siberian Railway connecting Chita and Vladivostok began in 1898, starting at each end and meeting halfway. The project produced a large influx of new settlers and in 1911 a village was founded around the Obluchye railway station, the name of which roughly means the route passing around as the railway at this point travels through a large curve around the mountains” (Wikipedia).
“The 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 27⁄32 in) broad gauge Amur Railway is the last section of the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia, built in 1907-1916. The construction of this railway favoured the development of the gold mining industry, logging, fisheries and the fur trade in Siberia and Russian Far East. In 1914, the western and eastern sections of the Amur Railway came together at the Obluchye railway station, making it possible for trains to go through” (Wikipedia).
$1850USD

 


46. [SRI LANKA (CEYLON)]
[Album of an English Tea Planter and Rugby Enthusiast in Ceylon with 113 Original Albumen Photographs and 95 Watercolours, Ink and Pencil Drawings from Ceylon, Malta, Egypt, Aden, India, etc..,].

Ca. 1879-1892. Folio (ca. 37,5x29 cm). With 113 albumen photographs ca. 23x27,5 cm (8 ½ x 11 in) and smaller. Most images captioned in black ink on mounts. With 95 watercolours and ink drawings ca. 25,5x17,5 cm (10x7 in) and smaller. Most captioned in black ink or pencil on mounts and in image. Period dark brown gilt tooled half morocco with green pebbled cloth boards. Extremities with some wear, head and tail of spine hinge splits, rear joint with split, some images mildly faded but overall still a very good album.
A very interesting album, compiled and illustrated by an English tea planter and early Rugby enthusiast, who help start the game in Ceylon. This album documents the compilers stay in Ceylon and also his stops in Malta, Egypt, Aden and India made on his voyages to Ceylon. Additionally images and watercolours from a European tour in France, Italy and Germany made by the album's compiler are included. The most historically important photographs in the album are the five rare images that document the beginnings of Rugby in Sri Lanka. These five photos show the members of the teams involved in the games and include: Dimbula & Dickoya Teams vs. "The World." Played and won in Kandy, in May 1880; Dimbula & Dickoya Teams vs. "The World." Played and won in Kandy, in May 1881; Upcountry vs. Colombo 1883; Upcountry vs. Colombo 1886 (2).
"Sri Lanka discovered the game of rugby at the same time as India, and the first rugby club, the Colombo Football Club, was founded in Sri Lanka in 1879. The first rugby match played between two selected teams occurred on 30 June that year between Colombo and a 'World' Team.
The first ever club game to be played was on 7 September 1880 between Dickoya MCC and Dimbulla ACC at Darawella, with Dickoya winning the game by 9 points to 3"(Wikipedia).
The album also includes thirty images of Ceylon showing the Morar tea plantation (near Bogawantalawa) and bungalow (inside and out) of the compiler, the Kelani river, Bullock carts, Merchant Women, Buddhist Priests, Coolies, Snake Charmers, Tea Plucking, Tamil Girls Kandyan Chief, Singalese Man, Lady and village etc..,. Seventeen watercolours of Ceylon including Bentota beach, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Adam's Peak, and locals fishing, Buddhist priest, gardener, shoe maker, tailor etc..; 18 watercolours of exotic fruits and plants including Mangostines, Rambutans, Papaya, Guava, Cocoa, Nutmeg etc..; Twelve photos of Madras, India all from sea; Sixteen photos of Egypt including six of the Suez Canal, six of Port Said, Ismalia and three of Egyptians; Nine photos of Aden including the market, diving boys and panoramas; Four photos of Malta including Strada Teatro, Council Chamber Valletta etc..; Four photos of Queensland, Australia, including a street view of Cairns. Also watercolours of France including Auvergne, Reims, Royal village, Clermont-Ferrand, etc.; Photos of England including Bourton, Wilton, Richmond, Kingston, Bridstow, etc..; Photos of Germany including Dresden, Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Cologne, Potsdam, etc..; One photo of Cape St. Vincent; Three photos on board the "S.S. India" in 1887, a transport ship on the England to India route.
$3500USD

 


47. [SRI LANKA (CEYLON)]
[A Collection of Nineteen Early Original Albumen Photographs of Ceylon].

Ca. 1872. 9 beige album leaves. Nineteen loosely inserted (on album leaves) albumen prints ca. 14x22 cm (5 ½ x 8 ½ in.) to 6,5x9 cm (2 ½ x 3 ½ in.). Majority captioned in manuscript brown ink on album leaves. Overall very good strong images.
The interesting views in this collection include images of: Galle Harbour; A Coffee Estate; Oriental Hotel, Galle; Point de Galle; Snake Charmers; Taming the Elephant; Street Group, Bamboo; Cocoa-nut oil making; Traveller's Palm; Bridge of a Morowa Castle; Bopa Bridge; view 3 miles along the Colombo Road; Part of Candy; also boats, local domestic scenes etc.
$850USD

 






 
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