Ca. 1890s-1900s. Oblong Folio album (ca. 32,5x40,5 cm). 24 card stock leaves. With 55 albumen photographs (one mounted on card and loosely inserted, the rest are mounted on the album leaves), including 26 larger ones from ca. 24x31 cm (9 ¼ x 12 ¼ in) to ca. 15,5x22,5 cm (6x9 in), and 29 smaller photos from ca. 12x17,5 cm (6 ¾ x 4 ¾ in) and slightly smaller. Ten photos numbered and/or captured in negative. One photo with a paper label mounted on verso of opposite leaf with a period manuscript note "Souvenir du poste d'Hoï-Téou, Province de Quang-Tchéou-Wan [Guangzhouwan], Janvier 1901, Chine." With four cyanotypes ca. 17x23 cm (6 ½ x 9 in, numbered in negative) and one platinum print ca. 12x17 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in). Period black half sheep album with cloth boards; moire endpapers. Covers slightly loose on hinges, several mounts with minor tears or loss of corners on extremities, a few images mildly faded, one cyanotype with a tear neatly repaired, but overall a very good album.
Historically interesting collection of well-preserved photos of French Indochina, including modern-day Vietnam, Guangzhouwan (Zhanjiang) in southern China, and Cambodia, taken and collected by a French officer. One of the album leaves has a paper label mounted on verso with a period manuscript note "Souvenir du poste d'Hoï-Téou, Province de Quang-Tchéou-Wan, Janvier 1901, Chine." The French leased territory of Kouang-Tchéou-Wan existed in 1898-1945, with the centre in Fort Bayard (future Guangzhouwan/ Zhanjiang); Hoi-Teou was a small French military post located next to Fort Bayard.
The album includes views of towns and villages taken from the sea and river banks, fortifications, colonial buildings with a waving French flag, temples, riverboats, a French-built lighthouse, a “Tombeau Chinois,” portraits of French colonial servicemen and local people posing in front of a building with the sign “Telegraphie,” Vietnamese noblemen, palanquin carriers, workers building a road, “brodeurs,” “comédiens,” street food sellers, children, convicts restrained in different variations of wooden cangue, three scenes of execution, two group portraits of the French military, etc. There are also four cyanotype and three albumen views of Angkor Wat (one signed by Emile Gsell in negative), showing the entrance gate, the libraries and the details of the central pyramid of the complex. Overall an attractive collection of early large photos of French Indochina.
Price: $4,500.00 USD