1945. Oblong folio album ca. 27 x 33.5 cm (10 ½ x 13 in.). With 79 original gelatin silver photographs including one large panorama ca. 14 x 28 cm (5 ¼ x 11 in.), thirteen large gelatin silver photographs each ca. 15 x 21 cm (6 x 8 ¼ in.), over thirty-five medium photographs each ca. 11 x 16 cm (4 ½ x 6 ¼ in.), and the remaining photos each ca. 8.5 x 11.5 cm (3 ¼ x 4 ½ in.) and smaller mounted on recto of 39 leaves. Over twenty-five of the photographs with period manuscript white ink captions on the leaves. Period dark olive patterned cloth boards. Overall a very good album of interesting strong and sharp photographs.
This album contains interesting ethnographic views of indigenous people in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as early mountaineering photographs in the region. Over thirty of the images feature local people, including ethnographic portraits focused on their costumes and body ornaments, as well as dance and work scenes. There are three portraits of men in military uniform, likely members of the King’s African Rifles (a multi-battalion British colonial regiment which fought in several campaigns during WWII), one photograph of “game scouts” in Namanga, and several images of huts in Pangani. The album also contains many sharp mountaineering photographs of natural landscapes in the region, including a panorama of Mt Kenya, views of Mt Kilimanjaro (first summitted by Hans Meyer on 6 October 1889 which was only rarely summitted until the late 1930's when it started becoming more popular to climb) including several different views of the ice caps and craters at the summit of Kibo, views of Mawenzi, as well as a crater lake.
Price: $525.00 USD