1910-12. Oblong Quarto ca. 19 x 26cm (7.5 x 10in) with 18 grey stiff card leaves. With 80 mounted gelatin silver photos, including 11 larger ones each ca. 12 x 17.5cm (4.5 x 7in), 15 medium ones each ca. 9.5 x 14cm (3.5 x 5.5in) and the rest ca. 8 x 11.5cm (3 x 4.5in). The majority captioned in German in manuscript ink on mounts. Period green full cloth album, gilt stamped with decorative lines and "Album" on front cover. A few images mildly faded, but overall a very good album of interesting strong images.
Historically interesting album of images taken and compiled by a German colonial resident likely involved with maritime transport, which documents his work and travels in the less visited parts of the Dutch East Indies, with many rare views of Sulawesi and Kalimantan and with a few images of South Sumatra and New Guinea included. The photos include thirty-two of Sulawesi, Twenty-Three of Kalimantan, Twelve of South Sumatra, five of Lei Lei Island, five of New Guinea, two of Ternate Island, and one of Taliabu Island. The images of Sulawesi include ones of Makassar including horse racing and a street scene, natives expelling the Cholera spirits, the docked ship "Sumatra," The ferry terminal, ferry and surrounding village scenes in Tello near Makassar. Others of Sulawesi include Alfur people in Batui, loading sugar cane on the ship "van Nek" in Batui, Crew taking a bath in Luwuk, Minahasa people with the local alcohol saga-weer and colonial establishments including Hotel Vilbergand and the river mouth in Gorontalo, natives in Molobog, HMS Holland arriving in Paleleh, Chinese Dragon being readied for a ceremony, and Colonial residents with locals in Limbeng. The images of Kalimantan include river views with local markets in Banjarmasin, views of Malayan House and Mosque in Tanjung, Dayaks in native and western costume in Bontang?, German Missionaries, Orangutans and their keepers in Tenggarong, Steamboat KPMD "Negara" on the Barito River, coal extraction near the Barito River, Wooden Barge on the Barito River. The images of South Sumatra include Taman and other tribal plantations in South Sumatra, and river scenes and urban views of Palembang. Also included are five images of natives in their dugout canoes in Humboltbaai, New Guinea, five images of the fire and destruction of the "van Nek" sinking off Lei Lei Island, Natives in Mantarara on Taliabu Island and the ships "Sandakan" and "Spillbergen" off Ternate Island. As quite a few photos show ships and ship activities, one can assume that the photographer was associated with maritime transport. The most important ship shown in the album is the "van Nek" which is shown in service as a transport ship in July 1910 and then destroyed off Lei Lei Island in October 1911. It had previously been in service on the Royal Dutch Geographic Society scientific expedition in Central-Celebes 1909-1910 up until April 1910. Overall a historically interesting collection of photos of the lesser visited parts of the Dutch East Indies taken by a German resident active in Maritime transport there.
Price: $3,250.00 USD