Ca. 1897-1898. Twelve gelatin silver photographs, mounted on five period card stock album leaves ca. 26,5x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 in), including three folding panoramas of Antananarivo from ca. 13x67,5 cm (5 ¼ x 26 ½ in) to ca. 11x51 cm (4 ¼ x 20 in), six large photos ca. 19,5x26 cm (7 ½ x 10 in) and three photos ca. 11,5x7 cm (4 ½ x 6 ¾ in). All photos with period ink captions in French on the mounts, several photos with additional pencil markings on verso or the mounts. The panoramas with creases and several splits on folds neatly repaired, two images seem to be removed from the leaves, but overall a very good collection of rare interesting photos.
Interesting collection of the early gelatin silver photos taken in the early years of Madagascar as a French possession (protectorate since 1896 and colony in 1897-1958). The collection contains three unusual large folding panoramas of Antananarivo: a general view showing the Haute-Ville, the Royal Palace and the surrounding hills (the Norwegian church in Ambatovinaky and St. Michele college in the centre left, Fort Duchesne in the far right, Lake Anosy in the foreground); “Vue générale de Tananarive et poudrière” (unusual panorama taken from above); Analakely square with the Zoma market (stalls, pavilions, an area of exhibiting beds and chairs, LMS church, French brick buildings with grocery shops and cafes on the adjacent streets). Three smaller views of Antananarivo show the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Andohalo (built in 1873-1890), the tomb of Prime Minister Rainiharo (d. in 1852, the tomb’s architect was Jean Laborde) and Analakely square with the Zoma market. Six large photos of Mahajanga include a general view looking towards the sea (dated 1897), the port, French river gunboats “de l’expedition” in the Mahajanga lagoon (the Second Madagascar expedition of 1894-95), city market, “Rue de la Residence,” and a “gigantic” Baobab tree. Overall a nice collection of early French Madagascar views, including three unusual large panoramas.
Price: $2,250.00 USD