March 2017 - Exploration, Travel and Voyage:
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1. [AFRICA - CAMEROON]
[Album with 195 Original Photographs of German Colonial Cameroon, Showing Early Views of the Construction of the Central Line (Mittellandbahn) of the Cameroon Railway and Views of Duala, Buea, Kribi, Yaounde, Lolodorf, the Lokundji River, the Nyong River, Local Villages and People, the Environs of Mount Manengouba; Celebration of Emperor Wilhelm’s Birthday in Duala in 1911, and Others; With 19 Printed Postcards Showing Duala, Buea, Lome, Accra, Monrovia, Conakry, and Las Palmas].

1910-1911. Oblong Folio (ca. 24x34 cm). Forty beige card stock leaves with occasional tissue guards. 195 gelatin silver prints (the majority mounted, several loosely inserted at rear), including over forty large photos from ca. 11x15,5 cm (4 ¼ x 6 in) to ca. 22x25,5 cm (8 ½ x 10 in); the rest are ca. 8,5x11 cm (3 ¼ x 4 ¼ in). Most photos with black ink manuscript captions in German on the mounts. Period brown half cloth album with faux snake skin boards, spine with gilt tooled ornament. Small red label of a Wiesbaden bookbinder on front paste-down. A few images mildly faded, one leaf with a minor crack not affecting the images, otherwise a very good album of strong photographs.
Historically interesting album of original photos of German Cameroon (1884-1916) shortly before the beginning of WW1. On the first leaf, there are two portraits of the album’s compiler and his travel companions on board the “Eleonora Woermann,” a passenger, freight and mail liner for German West Africa (on service in 1902-1915). The compiler was apparently a railway engineer, who surveyed the prospective route of the Central Line of the Cameroon Railway.
The interesting photos include a views of the colony’s largest city and main port Duala: the residence of Rudolf Duala Manga Bell (Duala king in 1908-1914), district court, administration building, a bridge constructed by the Germans, street views, group portraits of the Hausa people, a dozen large well executed photos of a celebration of Emperor Wilhelm’s birthday on the 27th of January, 1911 (scenes of military parade, horses and riders lined before the horse race, group portraits of the members of the native military regiment, African processions and dancers), several views of Duala harbour taken from the sea, interior of the cacao processing plant, and others.
There are also photos of the colonial capital Buea showing the residence of Jesko Albert Eugen von Puttkamer (governor of German Cameroon in 1887-1906), Small Soppo village located nearby (in 1904-1914 - the headquarters of the German colonial military forces "Schutztruppe"), forest and river views taken on the way to Ekona town, and others. Other images show Kribi (German government residences, Palaverhaus, German naval ships on the raid, “Kribi” (apparently, Lome) River, portraits of local chiefs, servants, boys); Yaoundé (streets, nearby villages, Lobe waterfalls (300 km southwest of Yaounde), portraits of local women and girls); Lolodorf and villages on the way from Kribi; Campo (photos of the locals, including a group portrait of missionaries with schoolboys); a beach in Londgi, the Lokundji River, the Nyong River; several scenes taken in local villages, including a “Palaver, Schane, 13.8.10”, and others. A number of images picture meetings of the Germans with the local chiefs – possibly, in the course of negotiations over land grants for the prospective railway. There are also ten photos taken during a trip to Mount Manengouba, showing waterfalls near Bare, and mountain villages.
About ten images show the construction of the Central Line (Mittellandbahn) of the Cameroon Railway from Duala to Widimenge on the Nyong River (started in 1909): five large images by a Duala photographer O. Vetter (signed in negative or with ink stamps on verso) show the construction of the northern arm of the Edea railway bridge over the Sanaga River and a train near Yapoma; the others show the railway near Bonaberi, and “Yapoma Mittellandbahn”.
There are also original photos of Las Palmas and Tenerife, and colour printed postcards with the views of Las Palmas (Canary Islands), Conakry (Guinea), Monrovia (Liberia), Sekondi and Accra (Gold Coast, modern-day Ghana), and Lome (Togo).
Overall a very historically interesting album.
$6500USD

 


2. [AFRICA - MALI]
[Album of Thirty-nine Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Showing Infrastructure, Fields and Workers at a Cotton Crop and Sheep Breeding Operations Along the Niger River, Mali, Titled:] Compagnie de Culture Cotonnière du Niger.

Ca. 1921-1928. Folio album ca. 33x25,5 cm (13x10 in). 39 original gelatin silver print photographs ca. 12x17 cm (4 ½ x 6 ½ in.) mounted on recto and verso of 10 stiff grey album leaves ca. 32x23 cm (12 ½ x 9 in), each captioned in period manuscript white ink in French on the leaves. Period grey gilt titled cloth album. Album and photographs overall in very good condition.
This album documents the cotton crops and sheep breeding by the French “Compagnie de Culture Cotonnière du Niger” in Diré, Sama and Dioro of the Niger Valley. The company, created in 1920 by Marcel Hirsch (Wikipedia), pursued experimental growing of various cotton and sheep varieties between 1921 and 1928 in order to determine the viability of crop irrigation and production of cotton and wool from the region. The album contains thirty-nine photographs that show the cotton fields, workers, newly formed canals, different types of cotton and breeds of sheep, and infrastructure. The vast majority show images of Diré, including the ginning factory, weather and soil observatories, the brick-making oven, and the water pump. One image shows a local worker metering the water in the canal. Two photographs show workers operating agricultural tools including a plow, and shovels dragged by cattle used for leveling the ground. Several photographs show a worker holding an animal, captioned with the species type, such as “A half-blood sheep.” Four images show Sama, including one group photograph likely showing the French agricultural experts. One image shows a lime kiln in Dioro. A collection of very clear photographs that show the activities and extent of the company’s cotton growing and sheep breeding operations in the region.
List of Photos:
Diré: Usine d’Egrenage; Ateliers et Magasins; Station de Pompage; Canal Principal; Un des canaux secondaires; Un Champ de Cotton; Un pied Sakel d’Egypte; Un Pied Sakel Diré; Observatoire Pédologique; Observatoire Meteorologique; Jardin d’Essais; Mesure des Débits; Fours à Briques; Briquetterie; Une Maison d’Habitation; Vue des Champs Billonés; Irrigation; Nivelage à la Pelle à Boeufs; Luzernière; Bouverie; Charrue en Marche; Un Bélier Merino Cap; Une Brebis ½ sang; Un mouton ¾ sang; Une brebis macina; Mérinos du Cap; Troupeau Macina; Troupeau Algérien; Troupeau Angora;
Sama: Pépinière de Sisal; Le Mil en Meules; Le Jardin
Dioro: Four à Chaux
$1250USD

 


3. [AFRICA - MOROCCO]
[Album of over 300 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Documenting the Zaïan and Rif Wars In Morocco].

Ca. 1917-1925. Oblong Folio (ca. 29x42,5 cm). twenty-five purple album leaves. Over 300 original gelatin silver prints, two are ca. 17,5x23 cm (6 ¾ x 9 in.), over 45 prints are ca. 12x17 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in.) and the rest are ca. 9x11,5 cm (3 ¼ x 4 ½ in.) or smaller. Photographs are mounted, and the majority with period manuscript black ink captions in French. Additionally with over 20 French newspaper clippings and magazine articles mounted on album leaves. Period maroon pebbled cloth album. Overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
This collection documents in detail the success of French conquest in Morocco between 1917 and 1925. It focuses on the submission of several Berber villages to French rule during and following the Zaian war (which took place 1914-1921, as France extended its influence in Morocco eastwards through the Middle Atlas, met with resistance from Berber tribes). These include Ksiba (captioned “newly won”), Aguelmame Aziza, Tsiwant (village stormed in 1923), Aït Bazza (photos include Colonel de Chambrun explaining the manœuvre on the eve of the attack and the submission of the village), an exchange between the Maréchal Lyautey and Zayan Pasha (1922), and the submission of Tribes from North of the Ouergha River to Aïn Aïcha in 1924. The album also documents a portion of the Rif War, a colonial war between Riffain tribes and the French and Spanish troops in the Rif mountains (1921-1926), including a visit from Damaso Berenguer, High Commissioner of Spanish Morocco, aerial photographs marking posts and villages, and several images of Riffain prisoners. Also included are over 15 photos of Almis du Guigou, including Armistice Day (November 11 1918), a visit from Alexandre Millerand ( President of France from 1920-1924) in 1922
The photographs are likely taken by Lieutenant de Séroux from the 1st Spahi Regiment, whose accomplishments are highlighted in newspaper clippings included in the album. A photograph shows his decoration by Maréchal Lyautey (the first French Resident-General in Morocco from 1912 to 1925) in June 1918. Also photographed is General Poeymiraum, one of Maréchal Lyautey’s collaborators; both are known for playing crucial roles in the submission of the Zaïans.
The photograph include (with the original French captions):
Fes ; Campements ; Premier avion atterit à Almis, 10-1918 ; Le Maréchal Lyautey me décore (june 1918) ; Almis du Guigou; Tazouta 1920; Sefrou 1920 ; General Poeymirau ; Visite du Président de la République Millerand au Maroc; Khenifra; Le Maréchal et le Pasha des Zaïans ; Ksiba nouvellement conquis; Rabat: Défilé du 14 Juillet 1922; Le roi et la reine des Belges s’embarquant sur le « Diana » ; La reine des Belges à Casablanca ; Dans le Moyen Atlas ; Aguelmame Aziza ; Le village de Tsiouant Foukani pris d’assaut en 1923 ; Aït Bazza : veille d’opération, Le Colonel de Chambrun explique la manœuvre ; Visite du Général Berenguer, Haut Commissaire Espagnole à Fez, 1923; Le Pasha Baghdadi de Fes; Voyage des Attachés Militaires Etrangers au Maroc 1923; Soumission des Tribus du Nord de l’Ouergh à Aïn Aïcha (1924); Ma decoration à Aïn-Aïcha Janvier 1925; Taounate 1924-1925; Aerial photographs; Prisoniers Riffains Juillet 1925.
$3750USD

 


4. [AFRICA - NAMIBIA]
[Album of Fifty-two Original Gelatin Silver and Collotype Photographs of Windhoek and Environs in Deutsch Suedwest Afrika (Namibia), Likely Compiled by a German Colonial Artillery Officer].

1899-1904. Oblong Folio (25x36,5 cm). 19 stiff green album leaves. With 52 original gelatin silver and collotype photographs, the majority ca. 11,5x17 cm (4 ½ x 6 ½ in) and the largest ones ca. 16,5x22 cm (6 ½ x 8 ½ in) and the smallest ones ca. 10x14 cm (4 x 5½ in). Images mounted on recto and verso of album leaves all captioned in German in black ink on mounts. Original brown decoratively embossed cloth album with gilt title "Photographien" on front cover. A couple of photographs mildly faded, two with some mild discolouration and one with some edge wear. Hinges of album cracked but holding, overall a very good album of interesting photographs.
This album which was most likely compiled by a German colonial artillery officer contains interesting photos of the landscapes, people, buildings and the German military (especially artillery) in Windhoek and environs when it was the capital of the German colony of Deutsch Suedwest Afrika and includes views of: Officers on board ship leaving Germany for Deutsch Suedwest Afrika 25.4.1899; Damara huts; Colonel Leutwein; Aredareigas 1901 (Battery buildings and exercises) & Aredareigas 1905 (military group photos, landscape views, raising livestock, branding donkeys etc.); Windhoek (Building firing range, Junior officer corps and promotion party 1903), War memorial, leopards, Services at War Memorial and for locals, Herero family, panoramas (7) of big and little Windhoek, Soldiers on riding oxen, Battery buildings, Military parade 27.1.1903). Overall a very interesting album of interesting views of Namibia and of the German military there during the time of the Herero and Namaqua genocide (1904-7).
$2750USD

 


5. [AFRICA - NAMIBIA]
KOENEN, Jos[eph?] Regierungs-Landmesser
[Album of Fifty-three Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Swakopmund, Windhoek, Gross Barmen, Oljimbingue, Karibib, Ababis and Khan in Deutsch Suedwest Afrika (Namibia) Compiled by a Senior German Colonial Surveyor].

15 December 1900. Oblong Quarto (18x25 cm). 25 stiff light green album leaves. With 53 original gelatin silver photographs, fifty of which are mounted ca. 11,5x17 cm (4 ½ x 6 ½ in) and three smaller personal ones loosely inserted. Images inserted recto and verso into windows of album leaves and all captioned in manuscript in German in black ink on mounts. Original green embossed cloth album with manuscript black ink paper title label "Suedwest-Afrika 1900-1903" on front cover. Covers mildly soiled and with mild wear of extremities, a couple repaired tears of mounts, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
This album which was compiled by a senior German colonial official contains historically interesting and candid photos of Namibia when it was the German colony of Deutsch Suedwest Afrika and includes views of: Swakopmund (general view, port, bookstore, trading company buildings, Bank (Deutsche Colonial Gesellschaft fuer Suedwest Afrika), "Deutschen Colonial Handelsgesellschaft" buildings, "Damara-Namaqua Handelsgesellschaft" buildings, customs office, shipping company buildings, Oberstlieutnant Leutwein (Gouverneur) taking a walk, Central Hotel with accommodations for staff, "Swakopmunder Handelgesellschaft" store, trains station with steam engine, pump station with waterline, quarry for building of the port with Ovambo workers, view over the Imperial port construction office, construction of railroad, home of Major Pofall, post office, ox wagens, "Tippelskirch & co." building, whale bones on the beach, Cafe Hagemeister); Windhoek (Governor Leutwein at his residence, general view, war memorial, street scene, hot springs, artillery barracks, ruins of a fort (war with Witbooi), place of Hottentots massacre, first Government house, Catholic Mission, street in Little Windhoek, View of Little Windhoek); Gross Barmen, Oljimbingue, Last troop transport; Karibib train station & post station; Ababis; Khan (general view, train station, cliffs); Rossing Train station; Luederitzbucht; native prisoners. Overall a very interesting album of evocative views showing Namibia shortly before the Herero and Namaqua genocide (1904-7).
$2750USD

 


6. [AFRICA - TUNISIA]
ALBERT PHOT.
[Album of 109 Original Albumen Photographs Showing the Architecture, People and Places along the North and East Coast of Tunisia, Titled:] Souvenir de Tunisie.

1884. Large Oblong Folio album ca. 27,5x35,5 cm (10 ¾ x 14 in). 109 original albumen photographs including 93 ca. 13,5x22,5 cm (5 ¼ x 8 ¾ in) to 20x26 cm (8 x 10 in), and 16 ca. 16,5x11,5 cm (6 ½ x 4 ½ in) to 20x15,5 cm (8 x 6 in) mounted on recto and/or verso of 46 beige album leaves ca. 26,5x32 cm (10 ¼ x 12 ½ in). 48 are captioned in period manuscript pencil or in negative on the print by the studio. Period red quarter Morocco with gilt title on front cover and pebbled cloth boards and moiré endpapers. Some mounts mildly foxed and a couple of photographs mildly faded but overall a very good album of strong photographs.
This album contains photographs showing landscapes, villages and local people along the North and East coast of Tunisia during a visit by French officials in 1884 (soon after the Marsa convention was signed in 1883, which required administrative and judicial reforms under the French Protectorate). Interesting are photographs showing officials: one photograph shows a French official sitting next to a group of Tunisian people and another shows a procession of officials on horses, followed by local people, nuns and other religious figures. A group photo of Tunisian people is captioned “National Tour 1884.” A large portion of the images shows Tunis, including the old port of Carthage, clothing and perfume markets, and several photographs of the Dar el Bey government palace. Three large photographs show buildings and people along the banks of the Bizerte canal. Images of Sfax include the crowded Central street, a market near the city’s ramparts, and a view of the city. Four photographs show Kairouen, particularly the interior and exterior of the Grand Mosque. There are also many photographs of the rural regions in between towns, including an image of people gathering water at an oasis between Menzel and Djaraa, women cleaning clothes in a valley near Gabes, Arab horsemen, and an oasis near Nefta. Also included are several photographs of Malta, including Fort St Angelo and the Royal Theatre. Overall an extensive collection of excellent photographs of Tunisia.
Captioned Photos:
Porte de France; La residence; Dar el Bey; Souk des Tailleurs; Souk des Parfums; Vue du Bardo; Vue de Carthage; Cathédrale de Carthage; Chapelle de St Louis, Entrée du Musée, Carthage; Le Canal (Bizerte); Vue du Canal; Rue a Sfax; Anciens ports de Carthage; Palais dar Hussein; Intérieur de la Grande Mosquée Kairouen; Vue de Sfax; Marché a l’alfa devant les remparts (Sfax); Rue Centrale (Sfax); Marché de Djara; Dans l’oasis à Gabés; Entre Menzel et Djaraa; Pont de Menzel; Sur les bords de l’Oued Gabés; Intérieur de la Grande Mosquée à Kairouen; Ancien Harem (Bardo); Escalier des lions au Bardo; Alger, Intérieur de la Grande Mosquée; Gabès; Oasis de Nefta; Cavaliers Arabes; Jardin à Nefta; A Travers l’Oasis de Tozeur; Piscine Romaine à Gafsa; Tunis, Place de la Kasbah; Tunis, Entrée du Dar-el-Bey; Cour du Dar-el-Bey, Tunis; Marabout ruiné, près du fort Sidi-ben-Hassen; Fort St Angelo, Malta; Royal Theatre, Malta; Strada Sta Lucia, Malta; Tomb of Compte Beanjolais, St John’s church, Malta; Grande Mosquée Kairouen; Anciens Ports de Carthage; Maison Arabe; Souk des Parfums; Vue Générale Kairouen; Tunis Regardant la Kasbah; El-Djem; Tour National 1834
$4500USD

 


7. [ALASKA - BERING SEA]
[Album with 169 Original Gelatin Silver Snapshot Photographs taken by a Crew Member of USCGC “Northland” during the 1934 Arctic Voyage to the Alaskan Coast and the Bering Sea, with Interesting Views of the Inside Passage, Unalaska, Nome, Elim Village, King Island, St. Lawrence Island, and Teller; Portraits of the Officers and Crew, Inuit Families, Onboard Views of the “Northland’s” Bridge, Wardroom, Deck, Firing Machine Guns and Starboard Guns on the 4th of July, and Others].

1934. Oblong Folio (ca. 22x36 cm). Thirty-three card stock leaves (eleven blank). 169 mounted gelatin silver prints, including 23 larger ones, ca. 8x13,5 cm (3 ¼ x 5 ¼ in), and over 140 smaller ones ca. 5,5x7,5 cm (2x3 in). Several with white pencil captions on the mounts, over twenty with typewritten or pencil captions on verso. Nine paper leaves with printed forms of the “Memory Leaves” and “My log and diary” at the front (with several manuscript entries on the first leaf), several newspaper clippings at rear. Original brown soft leather album with a custom made drawing of a silhouette of USCGC “Northland” within a naval steering wheel on the front board. Covers slightly soiled, a few images removed from the album and a couple mildly faded, but overall a very good album.
Interesting collection of lively snapshots taken by a crew member (most likely, an officer) of the US Coast Guard Cutter “Northland” during an annual Arctic cruise to Point Barrow, Alaska, in 1934. The “Northland” was a gunboat specially designed for Arctic waters and the last cruising cutter for the Coast Guard equipped with a sailing rig. In 1929-1938 she patrolled the Bering Sea gathering military intelligence, carrying mail, enforcing the law, transporting teachers to remote areas, conducting medical service, surveying coastlines etc.
The album documents the “Northland’s” 1934 expedition from Seattle via the Inside Passage, with stops on the Aleutian Islands, Nome, Elim village (Norton Bay, Bering Sea), King Island, St. Lawrence Island (both Bering Sea), and Teller (Alaskan coast of the Bering Strait). Interesting images include: views of the “Northland” near a pier in Seattle (captioned “We Say goodbye”, on verso: “Your Dad unwittingly go into this one, see if you can pick him out”), a photo of the crew members list; views of the Inside Passage (some captions on verso: “A narrow turn on Wrangel Narrows... Only a scant few feet separate the vessel from land. This picture was taken from the crow’s nest. The Carpenter Mr. Dough took it with his camera…”, “Swanson’s Bay on the way up in the Inland Passage. A beautiful spot. Hope that you and Chickie may some day come here”), Dutch Harbor and Mount Ballyhoo on the Unalaska Island (crew members in walrus skin boats, trout pond, Mount Pyramid, “Left to Right: Lt. Dick Morel, Lt. Maude, Ensign Olsen and Dr. Bingman. We are camping out the tundra moors”, general view of Unalaska village); icefields near Nome, two street views of Nome (with the crew members posing in front of the office of the “Nome Daily Nugget” newspaper), views of Elim village (native houses, public school, portraits of the locals, including “An Eskimo boy being taken to the Northland”), houses on a cliff on the “King Island, North Bering Sea,” “Landing Rock, King Island,” “Savoonga, St. Lawrence Is.,” “Landing at Savoonga,” and several views of Teller (main street, “Mr. & Mrs. Whaley” swimming, and a “Moving Picture camp near Teller”).
There are also a number of photos of the “Northland’s” bridge, wardroom, radio room, and deck, a crow’s nest view, scenes of setting the mainsail, firing the machine gun and port and starboard guns during the 4th of July celebration, portraits of the officers and crew including Lieutenants Maude, Saranson, Morrel, and Edwards, Dr. Bingman, ensign Olsen, sailors experiencing “Night Life, Unalaska” (two photos, captioned on verso: “I tried to photograph a native orchestra, but the navy wanted its picture,” “Scene in Unalaska, saloon”), a crew member gold panning in Nome and others. The clippings from the “Nome Daily Nugget” at rear inform about the project of establishing a two-way radio communication between the “Northland” and the camp of Admiral Richard Byrd in Little America (near the South Pole). Overall a very interesting historically important album showing remote settlements in Alaska and the Bering Sea.
$1500USD

 


8. [ALASKA]
CRONIN, F.J.
[Album with over 270 Original Photographs, Real Photo and Colour Printed Postcards Taken during a U.S. Navy Radio Service Trip to Alaska and Showing Radio Stations in Cordova and Seward, Copper River and Northwestern Railway, Alaskan Railroad, and Others, Titled:] Pictures Taken on Trip to Alaska with U.S. Radio Service. Left Mare Island on U.S.S. Saturn – June 13th 1919. Left Seward, Alaska – Nov. 7th, 1919.

1919. Oblong Quarto (ca. 18,5x29,5 cm). Forty-seven black card stock leaves. Over 230 mounted gelatin silver prints from ca. 3,5x6 cm (1 ½ x 2 ¼ in) to ca. 16,5x26,5 cm (6 ½ x 10 ½ in), the majority ca. 6x10,5 cm (2 ¼ x 4 in); with about a dozen real photo postcards, and about thirty colour and black and white printed postcards (several loose ones inserted into a pocket at rear). Vast majority of images and postcards with white pencil captions on the mounts; the title written in white pencil on the first leaf. Original black faux leather album. Rubbed on extremities, several images removed from the album (with some apparently being placed in the pocket at rear), a couple of images mildly faded, otherwise a very good album of strong interesting photographs.
Interesting historically significant album of photos taken by a U.S. Naval engineer, a member of the service expedition to the U.S. Naval Radio stations in Cordova and Seward in Alaska, in summer-autumn of 1919. The party travelled to Alaska from the Mare Island naval base near San Francisco on board U.S.S. Saturn and at first worked on construction and renovations of the Mile 7 (Eyak) and Mile 14 (Hanscom) naval radio stations – parts of the Cordova Station located along the route of the Copper River and Northwestern Railway. After that the working party constructed cottages at the Naval Radio Station in Seward (Kenai Peninsula).
The album opens with a group portrait of the members of the “Radio Party at Childs Glacier” near Cordova, taken by a prominent Alaskan photographer and a resident of Cordova Eric A. Hegg (1867-1947, the photo is signed “Hegg photo” in the right lower corner).
Interesting images include series of views of the Cordova radio stations:
Eyak/Mile 7 station – several general views, including the flooded grounds (“Mile 7 station – flooded,” “bridge washout”), “mountains back of radio station”, “flume for domestic water at Mile 7”, “falls near Mile 7”, Lake Eyak, and others.
Hanscom/Mile 14 station – “work party at Mile 14”, “wood crib tower at Mile 14”, “Towers at Mile 14, 600 ft high”; a picture of the station taken from the top of one of the towers; several views of the construction (“Erecting double cottage”, construction of the roof, and others) and photos of the completed cottages; “Party at Mile 14”; engine and operation buildings; barrels of gas; “Gas drums at Mile 14”, and others.
Several photos show the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad: trestle bridge at Cordova, bridge at Childs Glacier (distant and close up views), rails “out of Cordova”, party at Mile 50, train at mile 50, party on a speeder, at the pump and others. There are also views of Cordova (1st street, wharf, Cordova Bay, group portrait of the party members “in front of Kenney Holdens in Cordova”), Mckinley Lake, Scott Glacier, Sheridan Glacier, glacier streams, and others.
The expedition to Seward opens with a large group portrait of the party members taken in the city; several photos show the naval radio station (general view of the grounds, closer view of the radio tower; different stages of construction dated 24th of September, and 1, 3rd, and 17th of October 1919); the other images show Seward (several views of the 1st street, dog farm), “Haymaking in Alaska”, copper mine in Latouche, cabins near Roosevelt Lake; wooden bridge near Seward; U.S.S. Saturn near Seward; party members “on board S.S. Northwestern to Seward”, and others. There are also interesting photos of the Alaska Railroad: “Engine # 2 - U.S. Govt. RR – Out of Seward”, a train 50 miles out of Seward, railway bridge on mile 3; “End of steel. Govt. R.R”, “The Joyriders, Woodrow” (group portrait of the radio party members and sailors on a railcar); trestle bridge near mile 51; a train near Mile 52 (Alaska Railroad), and others.
Among the portraits of the party members are the photos taken on board USS Saturn (including the “Black gang on Saturn”), photos showing the party members eating, hiking, doing laundry, “crossing glacier stream”, during a boxing match; several people are named (Lieut. Orton and Root; Stewey Campbell; Lieut. Orton on Saturn; “Old man Jordan and Tennessee”).
Real photo postcards show a part of Prince William Sound, Wreck of S.S. Olympia (12.10.10), winter scene in Cordova and Childs Glacier (by John E. Thwaites), Mariposa wreck, “U.S. Naval Radion Station Mile 7 C.R. & N.W. Ry” and views of Cordova (by C.F. Rosswog), “Seward Alaska. 1915. Terminal U.S. Govt. R.R.” Colour printed postcards show views of Seward, Petersburg, Treadwell Mines, Skagway, Juneau, Valdez, Muir Glacier, and others. Overall a very interesting historically significant album from the early years of naval radio communication in Alaska.
$1500USD

 


9. [ARCTIC - NORTH POLE]
AMUNDSEN, Roald Engelbregt Gravning (1872-1928); ELLSWORTH, Lincoln (1880-1951); RIISER-LARSEN, Hjalmar (1890-1965)
[Portfolio of Fifty-nine Original Mounted Gelatin Silver Photographs Documenting Amundsen's North Polar Flight Using Two Dornier Do J Flying Boats to Reach 87° 44′ North, the Northernmost Latitude Reached by Plane up to that time].

Ca. 1925. Quarto (ca. 30x27 cm). With original 59 gelatin silver photographs ca. 11x17 cm (4 ½ x 7 in) and slightly smaller to ca. 8x10 cm (3x4 in), all mounted recto and verso on quarto (30x24 cm) brown card leaves and many captioned in manuscript white ink in Spanish. The leaves are loose in a portfolio. Period brown blindstamped full morocco portfolio with central coloured aircraft motif. Some minor rubbing of extremities and one portfolio strap short, but overall a very good collection of historically interesting photographs.
This rare photo documentation of Roald Amundsen's 1925 attempt to reach the North Pole by Dornier Do J Flying Boat includes photographs of Amundsen and his fellow explorers (Fencht, Lieut. Riiser-Larsen, Lincoln Ellsworth, Lieut. Dietrichsen & Lieut. Omdhal), aerial shots of the test flights of the Dornier Do J Flying Boats to the Orkney Islands and Iceland with a image of a landing at Reykjavík, leaving Oslo by ship with disassembled planes on board, the northern coast of Norway, views of the planes being loaded and unloaded, the ships arriving in Kings Bay (Kongsfjorden) in Spitsbergen, views of Kings Bay, view of the planes being assembled in Kings Bay, images of the Dornier Do J Flying Boats flying and landing, images of the Dornier Do J Flying Boats parking on the snow and ice at Kings Bay, Amundsen's camp at Spitsbergen, taking meteorological observations at Kings Bay, ships in Kings Bay preparing for the return journey.
"On 21.5.25 the two aircraft, the N24 (with Ellsworth) and N25 (with Amundsen) took off from Kongsfjorden and headed for the North Pole, where it was proposed to land and transfer to a single plane in 87° 44′ North, some 150 kilometers short of the pole. One of the aircraft was wrecked, but the other remained sufficiently sound for a takeoff to be attempted. For nearly a month the six men of the expedition, using only hand tools, hewed a primitive runway out of the ice and snow. The pilot, First lieutenant Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen of the Norwegian Royal Air Force, in a masterly exhibition of the art of flying, managed to take off with all six men on board. The aircraft was overloaded, but with its last drop of fuel managed to reach Nordaustlandet, an island in the Spitsbergen group, where the six men were plucked from the sea and brought back to Norway" (Howgego, 1850-1940.., Polar Regions A14).
$6500USD

 


10. [ARGENTINA, PARAGUAY & URUGUAY - IGUAZU FALLS]
STANDKE, Fritz
[Album of 174 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of the Voyage of German Naval Officer Fritz Standke to the Iguazu Falls and Asuncion on a Streamer via the Rio de la Plata, Uruguay, Parana, Paraguay Rivers with Stops in Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay].

1918. Oblong Folio (24,5x33 cm). 30 brown album leaves. With 174 original gelatin silver photographs ca. 17,5x23,5 cm (7 x 9 ½ in) and smaller, the smallest ones ca. 4,5x6,5 cm (2 x 2 ½ in). Images mounted on recto and verso of album leaves most captioned in German in manuscript white ink and some with printed paper labels on mounts. Additionally included are two manuscript maps in white ink and mount mounted printed text describing details of the journey. Original blue patterned full cloth album. Overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
The interesting photographs in this very extensively annotated album include views of Argentina (Buenos Aires (Darsena Norte), Isla Martin Garcia with interior and exterior photos of barracks, Colon, Concordia, Posadas including a series of photographs documenting the harvest of Yerba Mate, San Ignacio including ruins of the old mission, riding through the Amazon Jungle); Uruguay (Paysandu, Salto); A series of over 70 photos of the Iguazu falls with hotel and surroundings; Paraguay (Asuncion (panorama and port); San Bernardino). Included in the photographs are two-part panoramas of Darsena Norte, Garganta del Diablo, Asuncion, San Bernadino, Iguazu Falls.
$2250USD

 


11. [ASIA - 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 (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

 


12. [ASIA - CHINA (YANGTZE RIVER GORGES)]
[Album of Fifty-four Artistic Large Original Platinum(?) Print Photographs Documenting an English Tourist Cruise Through The Yangtze River Gorges, Titled:] China, Hupeh-Szechwan, 1935-1936.

1936. Folio (ca. 35,5x35 cm). 52 beige album leaves. With 54 original platinum(?) print photographs, fifty-two of which are mounted each ca. 20,5x20,5 cm (8x8 in) and two loosely inserted photographs each ca. 18x30,5 cm (7x12 in). Photographs mounted recto and all captioned in English in pencil on verso of previous leaf. Original black cloth album with embossed gilt title on front cover. A couple of original tissue guards with repaired tears and minor chips, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
This album of artistic atmospheric photographs of a cruise through the Gorges of the upper Yangtze includes images of: Hsin Tau rapid, between the Ichang & Rice Granary Gorges; Sampans and Junks, middle Yangtze; Butterfield & Swire Yangtze Gorge boat; Bow of boat in upper Yangtze rapid; Boat steaming against the current; East Entrance to the Gorges, Ichang Gorge; The Three Hooded Sisters, Ichang Gorge; King Ling Tan Rock; Ox Liver & Horse Lung Gorge; Rice Granary Gorge; Lunshan Gorge; Windbox Gorges; Ich Tan Rapid; Upper Yangtze; Yuen Yang Temple; Pagoda at Wanhsien; Steps to Wanhsien; Modern Clock Tower Wanhsien; Bridge at Wanhsien Mentioned in Marco Polo's Travels; Gold Diggers, Upper Yangtze; Water Buffalo; Crooked Stern Junks at Tjelintsung; Chungking looking east; Chungking at sunset, looking towards Tibet.
"This photo-album contains a series of atmospheric photographs of the Upper Yangtze (Southern China) with spectacular views of Ichang Gorge, the Ox Liver and Horse Lungs Gorge, the Rice Granary Gorge, the Lushan Gorge, through the Windbox Gorge to Wanhsien, a commercial port opened to foreign trade in 1947, and to Chungking" (Western Travellers in China: Discovering the Middle Kingdom/ Exhibition at Bibliotheca Wittockiana).
$6500USD

 


13. [ASIA - CHINA]
[Album of 96 Original Albumen Photographs Documenting a Voyage to China Titled:] 1891. Rückerinnerungen an unsere Reise von China nach Genua p[er] D[ampfer] Sachsen. [Recollections of our Voyage from China to Genoa by the Steamer Sachsen].

1891. Oblong Quarto (21x27 cm). 25 stiff light green album leaves. With 96 mounted original albumen photographs each ca. 5,5x7 cm (2 ½ x 3 in). All photographs captioned in black ink in German on mounts. Period black gilt tooled full sheep with gilt title embossed on front cover. Extremities mildly rubbed, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
The interesting photographs in this album, including many street scenes and portraits of locals, document this return voyage on the "Reichspostdampfer Sachsen" from China (mainly Shanghai) in 1891. Included are thirteen photographs of the ship and its crew, including the captain (Kurt) von Goessel and other senior officers and views of the ship's elaborate salon; two of Genoa; ten of Port Said (portraits of local including donkey herder), the Suez Canal and from the area around Aden; six of Ceylon (locals with sail boat at the beach at Mt. Lavinia and an ox cart in Colombo); eleven of Singapore (portraits of locals and street scenes including a zebu cart); fifty-four from China, mostly Shanghai (one of Hong Kong) and surrounding areas (junks on the Yangtze, Shanghai street scenes, various cart transports, beggar with monkey, basket merchant, teahouses, temples, processions, cemeteries, city walls, etc.). Overall an album of very candid and evocative photos. The steamer Sachsen was commissioned in 1887 and was assigned to East Asia route until 1893 when it started sailing to Australia.
$4250USD

 


14. [ASIA - CHINA]
[Album of 162 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Shanghai, Tsingtau (Qingdao), Hong Kong, Peking (Beijing), Syfang (Sifang), Kiautschou (Jiaozhou), Tientsin (Tianjin), Weihsien (Weifang) and Hankau (Wuhan) Compiled by a German Colonial Officer at the time of the Boxer Rebellion].

Ca. 1900. Oblong Folio (28x36 cm). 25 thick beige album leaves. With 162 original mounted glossy gelatin silver photographs, the largest ca. 21x28 cm (8 ½ x 11 in) and the majority ca. 10x13,5 cm (4 x 5 ½ in). Images mounted recto and verso on album leaves, most captioned in German in red ink on mounts. With three concert programmes in German printed in Tsingtau (Qingdao) loosely inserted. Period black morocco-backed lacquer binding, upper cover with a mother of pearl and ivory relief of a woman playing a flute on a bird. Extremities of album with mild wear, a couple of photos mildly faded, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
This album is an impressive visual record of colonial China at the time of the Boxer Rebellion as seen through the eyes of a German colonial officer and includes images of Syfang; Shanghai; Tsingtau; Hong Kong; Weihsien; Kiautschou; Tientsin; Peking; Hankau. Although a couple of professional photographs are included in the collection, the majority of the photos are excellent, candid amateur images which include military group shots and excercises, temple complexes and pagodas, panoramas of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tsingtau, lively street scenes, portraits of local inhabitants, city gates, colonial buildings including the German Consulate in Shanghai, Tientsin train station and Schantung Eisenbahn Gessellschaft train, scenes of beheadings and executions of Boxer rebels, local theaters, market scenes, Peking City wall, Great Wall of China, a series of views of the evacuation of Shanghai (Boxer Rebellion), Peking Forbidden city, and several evocative scenes from smaller towns and villages etc. Overall an excellent visual record of colonial China at the time of the Boxer Rebellion.
$6500USD

 


15. [ASIA - CHINA]
FOSTER, W.W. (1875-1954)
[Album 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. Period style navy half morocco album with cloth boards. Overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
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.
$1500USD

 


16. [ASIA - HONG KONG, SINGAPORE & JAPAN]
[Attractive Lacquered Album with 112 Original Photographs of Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Hawaii Taken During an Around the World Trip, Titled]: Around the World, 1900.

1900. Oblong Folio (ca. 32,5x41 cm). With 112 gelatin silver prints of various size mounted on 21 stiff card leaves, including 10 large images, ca. 25,5x29 cm (ca. 10 x 11 ½ in), and three large colour photos, ca. 20x26 cm (ca. 8x10 ¼ in). Manuscript ink captions on the mounts. Original lacquered Japanese album with leather spine, marbled paper endpapers, all edges gilt. Rebacked in style, boards slightly rubbed and neatly repaired on the corners, minor foxing of the endpapers, otherwise a very good album.
The album includes photos taken by a British traveller during a trip around the world, dated 20 March – 31 August 1900. The author left London in the beginning of March on the P.& O. Steamer Arcadia and proceeded to Port Said and Colombo, where he changed to the R.M.S. Chusan for Hong Kong. After calling at Penang and Singapore he arrived to Hong Kong, and visited Canton and Macao. Then he proceeded to Japan, arriving to Kobe on 4 May and travelling around the country until the end of June. On 20 June he left on S.S. “Futami Maru”, calling at Manila, Samoa, and Hawaii. One of the last photos dated 31 August 1900 shows the Niagara Falls.
The images of Japan comprise the majority of the album (63) and include views of Yokohama harbour, Tokyo (Kameido shrine, private house owned by certain Englishman Milne et al.), Kiga, a series of images of the Nikko shrines with the “celebrated Red Lacquer Bridge”, Eaimitsu temple, Karamon gate, bronze Torii, “Avenue of criptomenia trees”, botanical garden et al. Interesting in the image of the “fish flags” waving in Nikko during the Tango no Sekku or the Boys Holiday – “the idea is that as the fish swims against the stream, so may the boy ‘swim’ through life”. The author also took a series of photos of a temple procession in Nikko, with a picture of “3 gold shrines, 75 men to carry each. These are not allowed to be photographed”. Other images shows street musicians, small tea houses and hotels, Kyoto geishas, Nagoya Castle, Nara City et al. Three colour photos show Lake Hakone and Mount Fuji. The album opens with a self portrait of the compiler shown mounted on a horse, with his guide Hirakata, at the Otome Toge pass where “one gets a magnificent view of Fujiyama”.
A series of interesting photos of China include view of the Hong Kong harbour with the building of the Club, “the Queen’s road” and monument to the Queen Victoria in Hong Kong, view of Macao taken from the hotel ‘Boa Vista’, several dreadful images of execution of pirates in Canton, native boats crowded on the Canton river, a portrait of the travelling party at the palace of “Li Hung Chang” (Li Hongzhang, 1823-1901, a noted Chinese politician) et al. The beginning of the album numbers 14 views of Port Said, Colombo, Penang and Singapore, with street views, native boats with painted eyes in the bows, diving boys, and islands near Singapore which “we were passing nearly all day & each one seemed more beautiful that the last”. In the end of the album there are over a dozen photos of Manila, Samoa and Hawaii with large views of Honolulu, scenes of “Cricket at Apia”, portraits of natives, Hawaiian dancers et al.
$2250USD

 


17. [ASIA - INDIA (BENARES/VARANASI)]
PRASAD, Madho, Photographer to H.H. The Maharajah of Benares

[Album of Twenty Large Original Albumen Photographs Titled:] Views of Benares Ghats, Ramnagar Fort 1898.
1898. Oblong Folio (30x39 cm). 10 stiff beige album leaves. With 20 large original mounted albumen photographs each ca. 25x30 cm (10x12 in). Images mounted recto and verso and all with printed paper caption labels on mounts and additionally with photographer's printed label. Original black gilt tooled half morocco with cloth boards and with a gilt titled morocco label on front cover. First photograph mildly faded, without front free fly leaf and extremities of covers mildly rubbed, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
Madho Prasad was the royal photographer of Prabhu Narayan Singh (1855-1931), ruler of the Indian Princely State of Benares. This album of twenty scenic views by Prasad of temples, forts and other important Ganges river side buildings in Benares includes: Fort Ram-nagar; Assisangam-ghat; Butsraj-ghat; Shivala-ghat; Kedar-ghat; Amrit-rao Chutter-ghat; Dhunrao Panth-ghat; Rana-mahal Ghat; Munshi-ghat; Ahilya Bai's-ghat, Dasaswamedh-ghat; Observatory of Manmandir; Lalta-ghat and Napalees Temple; Burning-ghat; Munikarnika-ghat; Ghosla-ghat; Bajirao-ghat; Minaret and Panch-ganga Ghat; Gai-ghat; Sumer-mandir Ram-nagar. "Varanasi has been a cultural centre of North India for several thousand years, and is closely associated with the Ganges. Hindus believe that death in the city will bring salvation, making it a major centre for pilgrimage. The city is known worldwide for its many ghats, embankments made in steps of stone slabs along the river bank where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions" (Wikipedia).
$2250USD

 


18. [ASIA - INDIA, PAKISTAN, MYANMAR & SRI LANKA]
[Album of 110 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of India, Pakistan, Myanmar & Sri Lanka, Most Likely Compiled by an English Tourist, Including a Series of Sixteen Images Showing Working Elephants].

Ca. 1910. Oblong Quarto (19,5x28 cm). 24 light brown album leaves. With 110 original mounted gelatin silver photographs the largest ca. 15x21 cm (6 x 8 ½ in) to the smallest being ca. 5x7,5 cm (2x3 in). Images mounted on recto and verso of album leaves. Most with captions in black manuscript ink on mounts. Original brown card wrappers with printed title "Photographs" on front cover. Covers with some minor edge wear, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
The interesting images in this album include ones of India & Pakistan: Agra (Taj Mahal, Akbar's Tomb, Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah); Lucknow (Chundra Mustid, Residency); Dehra Dun; Lahore (Fort, Regency Gate, Shalimar Gardens, Jahanghir's Mosque); Dholi; Bettiah; Birowlie, Bowarrah; Dalhousie (Stiffles Hotel, Club Dalhousie, Panchpula, Terha Mall, Dunera Road, Bazaar); Calcutta; Delhi (Kutab Minar, Jumma Mustid, Cashmere Gate, Fort, Bazaar). Burma: Working elephants (16 images); Goteik (bridge); Mingoon (Wedding Cake Pagoda); Irrawaddy; Pakokku; Pyaungshu Forest; Sagaing; Magwe; Mandalay. Sri Lanka: Mount Lavinia (Beach).
$1250USD

 


19. [ASIA – INDIA AND PAKISTAN]
[EDGE, Sir John] (1841-1926)
[Album with over 120 Original Albumen Photographs from the Private Archive of the Chief Justice of the High Court in Allahabad (British India), Showing Hunting Camps in the North-Western Provinces and Kashmir, Agra, Srinagar, Nainital Hill Station, Skardu and Sind Valleys, Shigar and Indus Rivers, Edge’s Family and House in Allahabad, Portraits of the Viceroy of India, Lieutenant Governor of the North Western Provinces and other British India Officials, Members of the 60th Volunteer Rifles in Allahabad, and Others].

Ca. 1888-1894. Oblong Folio (ca. 31,5x39 cm). Thirty beige card stock leaves. Over 120 mounted albumen prints of various size, including over twenty large photos ca. 22x28 cm (8 ¾ x 11 in); the rest are from ca. 15,5x21 cm (6x8 in) to ca. 3x3 cm (1 ¼ x 1 ¼ in). Most photos with black ink captions on the mounts; three views of the Suez Canal by Zangaki Brothers signed and captioned in negative. Period brown half morocco album with cloth boards and gilt tooled borders on the spine; all edges gilt. Binding rubbed on extremities, corners slightly bumped, several images mildly faded, minor water stain on the inner side of the back cover not affecting the images; overall a very good album.
Interesting album from the family archive of Sir John Edge, Chief Justice of the High Court of North Western Provinces of British India in Allahabad (1886-98), the first vice-chancellor of the University of Allahabad (1887-93), a judicial member of the Council of India (1899-1908). “Holding office until 1898, Edge proved to be a capable leader of a court that included several other very talented judges. He also demonstrated considerable administrative skills, such as arranging for the codification of the court's rules and, between 1887-1893, serving as the first vice-chancellor of the University of Allahabad. He also headed the famine relief committee set up in response to the 1896 famine in India” (Wikipedia).
The album gives a picturesque illustration to the life of Edge’s family in Allahabad and Himalayan hill stations, proving the opinion that “when chief justice of Allahabad he [Edge] was notably hospitable. He was proficient with rod, rifle, and gun, and was a keen alpinist” (Oxford DNB). Interesting photos include several group portraits of family and friends in backcountry hunting camps during Christmas seasons of 1888, 1889, 1890, and 1891, showing Edge, his daughters and guests posing with hunted tigers, deer, bears, and leopards (“Dad’s tiger”, “E[thel]. Edge. Shot Feb. 14th/90” – standing next to a dead tiger); mounted on elephants, on a “Lunch in the jungles south west of Saktirgarh”, and others.
There are also interesting original photos of the Public Works office in Simla, Srinagar and the banks of the Jhelum River, Nainital hill station showing the results of the landslip in 1880, Baramulla town with the bridge over the Jhelum River, “The Residency” in Kashmir, “C. Spedding’s Camp” in the Himalayan foothills, Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah or “Baby Taj” in Agra, portraits of local villagers, boatmen, and others. Sixteen views taken during Edge’s hiking trips in Baltistan (modern-day Pakistan) show Skardu Valley, Shigar and Indus Rivers, Edge’s camps, glaciers, “Pony road on left bank of Indus”, Sind Valley, Zoji La mountain pass, and others.
Several group portraits show the officers of the 60th Regiment of Foot, or the King’s Royal Rifle Corps which Edge was in command of in Allahabad, one photo featuring him in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. “He was an enthusiastic volunteer in the Inns of Court Rifles during his early days at the bar and later in India, where (as lieutenant-colonel) he commanded a battalion of the Allahabad rifle volunteers and was honorary aide-de-camp to the viceroy” (Oxford DNB). The album also houses a large group portrait of the graduates of the “School of Musketry, Deolali, Second Class, 1894”.
An interesting group portrait of British India officials and upper class residents was taken during the opening ceremony of the Dufferin bridge over the Ganges in Benares in 1888 (modern name: Malviya Bridge, Varanasi), and features: Lord Dufferin (Viceroy of British India in 1884-88), the Maharaja of Benares, Sir Donald Wallace (private secretary to Lord Dufferin in 1886-89), Sir Thomas Baker (military commander in Bengal in 1887-90), Sir Auckland Colvin (Lieutenant Governor of Indian North Western Provinces in 1887-92) with his wife and daughter, Sir John Edge (with his wife and daughter), Duke and Duchess of Montrose, and others. There are also group portraits from the wedding of Sir Auckland Colvin’s daughter in November 1891; a fancy ball on Christmas 1888, and others, many with detailed captions naming the people on photos (i.e. C. Spedding, R. Boothby, Strachey, Mr. Spankie, Miss Spedding, Mr. Malcomson).
The album houses a number of photos of Sir John Edge captioned as “Dad”, his wife Laura (nee Loughborough, 1848-1936) captioned as “Mother”, Edge’s daughters Ethel (1869-1934), Kathleen, and Helga (1885-1976), “Our House. Allahabad, 1889”, family horses and dogs, interiors of Edge’s residence; most likely the album was compiled or annotated by Edge’s son John (1873-96) who graduated from Cambridge and “was preparing for the Diplomatic Service when his health broke down, and the doctors sent him out to India”, where he died at the age of 23. (The Colonies & India, London, 12 September 1896, p. 16). The album opens with a large photo of Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company’s steamer Kaisar-i-Hind (I, 1878-1897), and five large views of the Suez Canal by Zangaki, probably acquired by John Edge on his way to India. Overall a very interesting content rich album showing the life of the upper-class officials in British India.
$4250USD

 


20. [ASIA - INDONESIA]
[Album of Seventy-eight Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Documenting the Travels of an English Tourist Through Sumatra, Java and Bali Including many Images of Volcanoes].

Ca. 1928. Oblong Folio (27,5x40,5 cm). Nine green stiff album leaves. With 78 original mounted gelatin silver photographs, the majority ca. 10x14,5 cm (4x6 in) and slightly smaller and one panorama ca. 7x32 cm (3x13 in). Additionally with one printed postcard. Images mounted on recto and verso of album leaves. Many images with captions in black manuscript ink. Original green cloth album, Covers with some mild wear at extremities, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
The atmospheric images in this album start with views in northern and western Sumatra including ones of Mount Sibayak and Mount Sinabung from the town of Berastagi, with views of the Sibayak crater. Several photos show the Battak villages of Kabanjahe and Ambarita with local dwellings and locals pounding paddy. Then several views of Lake Toba including a three part panorama and views of the town of Parapat; views of Lake Singkarak; Lake Maninjau; Tarutung Bazaar; The photographer(?) standing besides the Equator marker; Mount Singgalang and Mount Marapi from Fort de Kock (Bukittinggi); The Harau Valley with local inhabitants; Bukit Lawang with Minangkabau houses and granaries; City of Sibolga with bay; Then the photos move to Central Java and Borobudur, the 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang including a series of detailed views of the stone carved reliefs of the temple; then a series of photos of an active Mount Bromo in Eastern Java with the Sand Sea, volcanic cone and crater; Finally the album finishes in Bali with the Drum Tower, Denpasar; Royal burial shrines, Temple gate; Rock Tomb Gunung Kawi; Ancestral Shrines and fountain; Mount Batur from Kintamani; Mount Batur Eruption 1926; Mount Batur lava flow 1928; Lake Batur. Overall an interesting album of Sumatra, Java and Bali which highlights not only people and cultural places but also some of the region’s volcanoes.
$1250USD

 


21. [ASIA - JAPAN (NIKKO)]
[Album of Twenty-Six Original Photographs of Nikko, Japan].

Ca. 1890. Oblong Folio (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

 


22. [ASIA - JAPAN]
[Album of 125 Original Gelatin-Silver Photographs of Central Japan Including Nikko, Mount Nasu, Mount Asama, Kyoto, Kamakura 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 (3x4 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).
$1500USD

 


23. [ASIA - KASHMIR]
[Album of Twenty-four Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of an Early Trekking Expedition From Srinagar to the Zoji La Pass Showing Local People, Street Scenes and the Trekkers Camps in the Mountains Titled:] Kashmir.

Ca. 1900. Oblong Quarto album ca. 17,5x24 cm (7 x 9 ½ in). 24 original gelatin silver print photographs ca. 10,5x15 cm (4x6 in), mounted on recto and verso of 12 green stiff album leaves ca. 17x21,5 cm (6 ¾ x 8 ½ in), each captioned in period manuscript white ink. Period green gilt titled pebbled cloth boards. Overall a very good album with interesting strong photographs.
This album contains a collection of interesting strong photographs of the Kashmir region between Srinagar and the Zoji La Pass, showing people, buildings, street scenes, canals and rivers, and the landscape. Three photographs near Srinagar show the Jhelum river, houses on the river bank and local people gathering in the street. One photograph shows seven men rowing a large log boat at Kambal, and another shows a man and woman on a wooden pirogue house boat. Twelve images show mountain views taken at camps and during the ascent to the Zoji La (“Zogi La”), including one image of the camp set-up in the Sind Valley and one photograph of two travelers on the Zoji La. Overall an interesting album of an early trekking expedition by English tourists in Kashmir.
Captioned Photographs: Jhelum River, Srinagar; River Bank, Srinagar; Dhal Lake and Hari Parbat; Native Street Scene, Srinagar; “Azizi”; Log Boat at Kambal; Nuru Canal; Doonga “Alma” and Cook Boat; Canal Scene near Simbal; Camping Ground, Shadipur; Mountains above Ganderbal; Camp in Sind Valley; A Mountain torrent; Sonamarg Village; View from camp near Sonamarg; Camp near Sonamarg; Balthil Camp (9200 ft); Peak under the Zogi La; Ascent to the Zogi La; Snow Mountains, Sonamarg; On the Zogi La; Sunrise above the Zogi La; The Zogi La (9300 ft); Interior of Doouga ‘Alma’
$950USD

 


24. [ASIA - MANCHURIA]
SCHABLOWSKY, Richard Eduard von (d. 1918)
[Album with over 150 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Taken During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05, Showing Harbin, Mukden (Shenyang), and the area around the Yalu River in Manchuria, including Portraits of Russian Officers and Soldiers, Red Cross Associates, Chinese People, and Lively Street Views; With: Over a Dozen Family Photos].

Ca. 1904-1905. Oblong Folio (ca. 25,5x33,5 cm). Twenty-seven beige stock card leaves with tissue guards. Over 150 gelatin silver prints (the majority mounted, several loosely inserted) from ca. 4x5,5 cm (1 ½ x 2 ¼ in) to ca. 11x15 cm (4 ½ x 6 in). Over a dozen with later pencil captions in German; presentation inscription in ink from Richard’s brother Rolf Schablowsky to their cousin Frank Thiess, and a label with Chinese text, mounted on verso of the first leaf. Period brown half morocco album with cloth boards, decorative endpapers, all edges coloured. A couple of images mildly faded, covers mildly rubbed on extremities, otherwise a very good album with good strong interesting images.
Interesting eye-witness photographic account of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), compiled by Richard von Schablowsky, a Russian officer of Baltic German origin. Most likely he served in the infantry, and the album contains a number of photos taken on the front near Mukden and the Yalu River: portraits of Russian officers and soldiers (including Schablowsky himself), doctors and nurses of the Red Cross (including exterior and interior of the hospital of the Iverskaya Society of the Red Cross stationed in Harbin, and a group portrait of doctors preparing for a surgery), views of Russian trenches, military tents and carts captioned “An der Front”, a “Yurt of [medical] sisters”, a field kitchen, front line blocked with crossed poles, a line of cannons, “Vtoroy” (“Second”) steamer of the Chinese-Eastern Railway on the Sunggari (Songhua) River, Russian soldiers digging graves, a soldier posing with a regiment banner, and others. A large group of images depict Chinese cities and towns (some are amateur, and some apparently commercially produced). The photos show the railway station in Harbin, lively street and market views with group portraits of Chinese sellers (including a bookseller), musicians, beggars, participants of a street procession, a barber, a shoe mender, a street cook, an ox cart driver; views of shops’ storefronts (i.e. A storefront of a shoe shop with giant boots hanging outside), a scene of public punishment; views of Chinese buildings and temples with details of exterior decoration (arches, towers, sculptures); one photo depicts a part of the Great Wall of China in Manchuria and is annotated by Schablowsky in Russian on verso
The album bears a number of later pencil captions in German made by Richard’s brother Rolf von Schablowsky. According to the presentation inscription on verso of the first leaf, the album was given in 1968 to "our dear friend Frank", most likely Schablowsky’s cousin Frank Thiess (1890-1977), a German writer, known for this 1936 novel “Tsushima” which dealt with the famous naval battle of the Russo-Japanese war. The album is supplemented with over a dozen family photos at rear.
“During the Russo-Japanese War (1904—1905), Mukden was the site of the Battle of Mukden from February 19 to March 10, 1905. Involving more than 600,000 combat participants, it was the largest battle since the Battle of Leipzig in 1813, and also the largest modern-era battle ever fought in Asia before World War II” (Wikipedia).
$4500USD

 


25. [ASIA - THAILAND, VIETNAM & CAMBODIA, FRANCO-SIAMESE WAR OF 1893]
[Album of Over 190 Original Albumen Photographs Showing Chantaburi, Saigon, Packnam, Poulo Condor and Ankor Wat Around the Time of the 1893 Franco-Siamese War].

Ca. 1890-95. Quarto album ca. 32x24 cm (12 ½ x 9 ¾ in). 187 photographs ca. 12x17 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in), 9 small photographs ca. 8,5x11 cm (3 ½ x 4 ½ in), mounted on recto and verso of 58 beige album leaves ca. 30,5x24 cm (12 x 9 ¼ in). 6 loose enclosed photographs, including one large photo ca. 21,5x28 cm (8 ½ x 11 in), four medium photos ca. 10,5x16 cm (4 x 6 ¼ in) to 13x18 cm (5x7 in) and one small photo ca. 9x12 cm (3 ½ x 4 ¾ in). Many images captioned in manuscript pencil in French on mounts. Period green pictorial cloth album with mild wear at extremities, some leaves loose, a few mildly faded images but overall a very good album of very interesting strong photographs.
This historically important extensive collection of photographs taken by a French military officer shows the French military campaigns and colonial life during the time of consolidation of French Indochina’s territories in present-day Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia . It includes photographs of colonial and local buildings, local people, troops, prisoners of war and French colonial and military officials. 15 photographs of Saigon show the infantry barracks, the governor general’s palace, and the embarking of troops leaving for Siam. There are 4 photographs of Packnam (Samut Prakan, Thailand), including a meeting between military officers and the French consul (likely Auguste Pavie, leader of the Bangkok Blockade) to sign the 1893 Treaty with Siam that established a French Protectorate in Laos. Also shown is the French Vipère Gunboat near the wharf. Packnam was the location of an important incident that constituted the Franco-Siamese war of 1893: “While sailing off Paknam through Siam's Chao Phraya River, three French ships were fired on by a Siamese fort and force of gunboats. In the ensuing battle, France won and proceeded to blockade Bangkok which ended the war.” (Wikipedia)
There are 25 photographs of “Chantaboun” (Chantaburi, occupied by the French for 11 years after 1893 Paknam incident). These show a group of Annamese “tirailleurs” (infantry recruited from Annam, present-day Vietnam), French military officers, the houses of the military captain and doctor, and a portrait of Father Cuaz, leader of the French Catholic Mission. Several of the Chantaburi photographs show Siamese youth, including an image of a Catholic first communion procession, a wedding, and a Siamese “head shaving ceremony.” There are also 11 images of the Poulo Condor island, showing the military post, the wharf, and the “Bagne» (a prison used to intern those opposing colonization). The album also contains portraits of an interpreter with his family, Siamese and an Annamese prisoners, and Chinese merchants. Interestingly, there are three early images of Angkor Wat and one view of Phnom Penh. Also included are 12 images of buildings, views and military camps in France, including Avignon and Vaucluse.
$7500USD

 


26. [ASIA - THIRD ANGLO-AFGHAN WAR]
[Album of 103 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Compiled by an British Officer in the 1st King's Dragoon Guards Cavalry Regiment During the Third Anglo-Afghan War].

1918-9. Oblong Octavo (16,5x22 cm). 12 grey thick album leaves with eight windows per leaf for inserted photographs. With 103 original mounted and inserted gelatin silver photographs, the majority ca. 5,5x8 cm (2 ½ x 3 ½ in). Images inserted in album leaf windows and mounted on paste downs. Most images captioned in manuscript in red ink. Original maroon cloth album, with gilt embossed title "Photographs" with pictorial border on front cover. One photograph removed and a signs of a couple of old tape marks, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
An interesting album documenting an officers life in the 1st King's Dragoon Guards during the Third Anglo-Afghan War, with images of military life at work and at rest, and many candid images of the people and places encountered. The album starts with a couple of portraits of the photographer and his bungalow in Meerut; Then there are images of Muttra (Peace celebrations, Dhobies, grass farm, wood-yard, group photos of British officers, bazaar, Jumna river scenes, cremation, drawing water, Indian village scenes, bullocks at work, Muttra church, bathing ghat, Bibbies (women), silver fox, A Squadron bungalow, mess tent, cleaning boys, bear dancing); Agra, Risalpur N.W. (Dopice railway bridge, Pontoon bridge, watering horses, Bibbies building, A & D Squadron, stables, water-tower, time-gun Pindi, Gharrie); Dakka (Horse line, River Kabul, camp, Cavalry Spur, Dhobies, Ghurdi, Afghans head; Sports (Battery R.H.A., wrestling on mules, best section turn out D. Squadron, winners D. Squadron)); Khyber Pass.
During the Third Anglo-Afghan War, "the regiment remained in garrison at Meerut until October 1918 when it exchanged stations with 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers and moved to Risalpur. On 2 May 1919 Afghan troops seized control of wells on the Indian side of the border. The Afghan Amir Amanullah was warned to withdraw, but his answer was to send more troops to reinforce those at the wells and to move other Afghan units to various points on the frontier. The regiment was mobilised on 6 May and formed part of the British Indian Army's 1st (Risalpur) Cavalry Brigade. It served throughout the Third Anglo-Afghan War and saw action at the Khyber Pass. At Dakka – a village in Afghan territory, north west of the Khyber Pass– on 16 May, the regiment made one of the last recorded charge by a British horsed cavalry regiment as it was already apparent the old world would be giving way to mechanisation" (Wikipedia).
$1250USD

 


27. [AUSTRALIA - GALLIPOLI]
[Album with 120 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Showing Officers and Soldiers of the 23rd and 24th Battalions of the Australian Army on a Voyage to Egypt and Thence to Gallipoli on board HMAT “Euripides” in May 1915, Going through the Suez Canal and Disembarking in Alexandria; Also with Portraits of the Captain and Crew Members of the “Euripides”].

1915. Oblong Quarto (ca. 23x29 cm). Twenty-four green card stock leaves. 120 mounted gelatin silver prints, from ca. 5x12 cm (2 x 4 ¾ in) to ca. 7,5x10 cm (2 ¾ x 3 ¾ in). All images with white pencil captions on the mounts. Original grey full cloth album with gilt lettered title “Photographs” on the front cover. Binding mildly rubbed on extremities, corners slightly bumped, a few images with mild silvering, but overall a very good album with bright sharp photos.
Historically interesting album with a detailed visual account of the transportation of the 23rd and 24th battalions of the Australian Army from Sydney to Alexandria in May-June 1915 on board His Majesty’s Australian Transport A14 “Euripides”. The album was compiled by a crew member and opens with a photo of the ship in Farm Cove, Sydney. There are four more views of Sydney harbor, and several photos taken in Melbourne (SS “Palermo” at the town pier, two views of the troops’ embarkation, “Euripides” leaving pier, and two views of the soldiers at the poop).
Over forty images taken on board HMAT “Euripides” include portraits of the officers and soldiers of the Australian Army: first commander of the 23rd battalion Lt. Colonel George Frederick Morton, Captain Macrae Stewart (Chaplain), Major Knox, Lieuts. Main and Hain; group portraits of the officers (23rd and 24th battalions), buglers (23rd battalion), machine gun squad (23rd battalion), sergeants; soldiers on the # 3 troop deck, in “No. 1. Hospital Poop”, during a “signaling lecture”, playing cards, chess or tug of war, boxing, training bayonet fighting and singlesticks; musicians of “the scratch band”, “pay day, 24th Battn.”, horses in stables on board, “The Band. 24th Battn.”, “Pipers & Drums, 23rd Battalion”, “Machine guns mounted for Canal”, “24th Band practice”; there are also portraits of the ship’s Captain Douglas, officers, engineers, a mate, a radio operator in the “Marconi room”, and sailors loading a gun on the deck.
Over forty images show the ship in Egypt: going through the Suez Canal (SS “Ulisses”, Red Cross SS Syria“, Canal entrance, “Highland Monarch”, views of the banks, entrance to Bitter Lakes, stations, French cruiser at Ismailia, El Kintara), in Port Said (HMAT “Euripides” in the port, native boats, Canal Offices, bumboats, De Lesseps monument) and Alexandria (six photos of the troops disembarking and loading to the trains; children on the Alexandria streets, water carrier, old irrigation well, and others). There are also images of the Colombo harbour, Malta (harbour, HMS “Albion”, troopship “Marquet”, French cruiser), Gibraltar and “disembarking convalescents” at Plymouth (“Euripides” arrived there in the end of June 1915). Overall an important album showing Australia’s contribution to the European theatre of the Great War.
“The 23rd Battalion was an infantry battalion of the Australian Army. <…> [It was] raised in Victoria in March 1915 as part of the formation of the 2nd Division of the Australian Imperial Force(AIF). Its first commanding officer was Lieutenant Colonel George Morton. Together with the 21st, 22nd and 24th Battalions, it formed the 6th Brigade under the command of Colonel Richard Linton. Organized into four rifle companies, designated 'A' through to 'D', with a machine gun section in support, the Australian infantry battalion of the time had an authorized strength of 1,023 men of all ranks. After completing initial training at Broad meadows, in May 1915 the 23rd embarked upon the troopship Euripides bound for Egypt. They arrived in Alexandria on 11 June and after being moved by train to Cairo they marched to a camp at Heliopolis where they undertook further training in preparation for deployment to Gallipoli, where the units of the1st Division had landed on 25 April 1915” (Wikipedia).
$1500USD

 


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

Ca. 1880. Quarto (ca. 27x22,5 cm). Thirty-six stiff card leaves pp. 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. Th . 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).
$2750USD

 


29. [BERMUDA - HAMILTON]
[Album of Forty-Four Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Bermuda most Likely Compiled by an Early New York Tourist].

Ca. 1895. Oblong Folio (26x34 cm). 12 light grey thick album leaves. With 44 original mounted gelatin silver photographs each ca. 8,5x11,5 cm (3 ½ x 4 ½ in). Images mounted on recto of album leaves. Original brown pebbled cloth album, Covers mildly discoloured, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
This historically interesting album of Bermuda which documents the beginnings of its modern tourist industry was most likely compiled by a New York tourist on vacation and starts with photographs of a passenger ship, most likely one of the fleet under the agency of A.E. Outerbridge & Co.; The port side offices of A.E. Outerbridge & Co.; Various other ships and sail boats; Coastal views of Hamilton; Rural street scenes with local inhabitants; The main dock in Hamilton with passengers and the Atlantic Hotel in the background; Front Street, Hamilton; The Princess Hotel, Hamilton; Beach scenes; Rural estates and plantations; Locals in horse drawn carts; Hamilton port scenes. Bermuda was a destination for New Yorkers in the winter and A.E. Outerbridge & Co. (from 1893 onwards) offered regular "60 hour voyages" from New York to Bermuda (most agreeable climate in the world) with first class hotels, like "The Princess," and excellent leisure activities like yachting, fishing, diving, riding and cycling being available. "In the early 20th century, as modern transport and communication systems developed, Bermuda became a popular destination for American, Canadian and British tourists arriving by sea" (Wikipedia).
$1850USD

 


30. [CALIFORNIA, NEVADA, UTAH & COLORADO]
[Album of Sixty-Seven Gelatin Silver Photographs of a Railroad trip through California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado].

Ca. 1899. Quarto (25,5x17,5 cm). 17 grey album leaves. With 67 mounted original gelatin silver photographs, with eight larger ones ca. 12x20 cm (5x8 in) and the rest ca. 8,5x8 cm (3 ½ x 3 in). Most photographs with manuscript black ink captions. Period style brown gilt tooled half morocco with brown cloth boards. A few images mildly faded, but overall a very good album of interesting photographs.
The photographs in this album of a railroad journey from California to Colorado start with views of Monterey (Hotel del Monte (27 photos of hotel buildings and grounds), Catholic mission chapel, old custom house); San Francisco (Sassafras, seal rocks Golden Gate, Alcatraz); Exterior and Interior photos of steam engines (American Tram & Limited Express); Auburn (station, road and street scene, homes); Ogden railway depot; Salt Lake City (station, panoramas of the city in summer & winter, Mormon temple, street scene with natives, old city walls); Denver Rio Grande railroad route (11) including views of a camp, wreckage and views of the railway through the Rockies and over the Arkansas River.
$1250USD

 


31. [CANADA - ALBERTA (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 (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

 


32. [CANADA - BRITISH COLUMBIA (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

 


33. [CANADA - BRITISH COLUMBIA (NANAIMO)]
[Album with Thirty Original Photos of the Connaught Barracks in Nanaimo and Its Military Contingent During the WW1].

Ca. 1915-1916. Quarto (ca. 29x23,5 cm). 27 album leaves. With thirty gelatin silver prints ca. 8x13,5 cm (3 x 5 ½ in) or smaller. Period black cloth album fastened with a string, with a gilt lettered title “The Ideal Scrap Book” on the front board. Leaves with the attached photos slightly wavy, several images removed by previous owners, but overall a very good album.
Historically important collection of thirty original photos of the Connaught Barracks in Nanaimo during the WW1 and the troops stationed there, including the 72th Regiment of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, and the Canadian Mounted Rifles. The images include group portraits of the officers and soldiers, scenes of military exercises of infantry and artillery troops, reviews and parades et al. Several views show different wooden buildings of the barracks, the main building (former Nanaimo Agricultural Hall), a tent camp nearby, and the Nanaimo Bastion. A very interesting collection of original photos apparently taken by a member of a regiment stationed at the Connaught Barracks.
“In 1911 work started on the Agricultural Hall. It was opened the following year. In 1913 there were sheds to accommodate horses, cows, pigs and sheep on the grounds. By October of 1913 the hall had been turned over to the military to house the Civil Aid Force during the big (miners) strike of 1912-1914. Detachments of troops were still stationed on the site in August, 1914 when World War One started. At this time, the Agricultural Hall was renamed the Connaught Barracks. In 1915, the animal sheds were demolished to build stables for the horses of elements of the Canadian Mounted Rifles stationed at the barracks. By 1917, agricultural shows were once again being held at the site <…>” (Nanaimo Cultural Heritage Newsletter. November 2014, online). Most of the buildings of the Connaught Barracks were demolished in 1957, apart from the single stable building (modern address – the intersection of Machleary and Wentworth Streets).
$750USD

 


34. [CANADA - BRITISH COLUMBIA]
[Album with 25 Original Photographs of British Columbia, Compiled by the British Columbia Conclave of the Masonic Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, Titled:] Memories of British Columbia.

Ca. 1927. Oblong Folio (ca. 27x37 cm), 12 card leaves. 25 gelatin silver prints, all but two ca. 18x23 cm (7 ¼ x 9 in), two ca. 17,5x10,5 cm (7 x 4 ¼ in). All with custom printed captions on the mounts. First large photo with a paper label attached to the top (official letterhead of the Government House in Victoria, signed and dated by R. Randolph Bruce). Original maroon full sheep album with gilt lettered title on the front cover, moire endpapers and decorative edges. Gilt lettered red sheep label with presentation inscription on the first pastedown, paper exlibris of Rita Yvonne Butterfield ibidem. Boards slightly rubbed on extremities, but overall a near fine album.
This luxury keepsake album was specially produced as a present to “The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Cassillis, C.C.C. M… Ill… Grand Sovereign, Illustrious Order of the Red Cross of Constantine by Western Canada Conclave, No. XXV. Victoria, British Columbia, October 6th, 1927.” The Earl of Cassillis, who was the Grand First Principal of the order’s Supreme Chapter in Scotland, apparently visited Victoria to take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the formation of the first Masonic chapter in British Columbia, which took place in October 1927. The album opens with portraits of Harry H. Watson, Reigning Sovereign of the Western Canada Conclave, and Edward E. Leason, Intendant General for British Columbia and Canadian Yukon. The photo of the Government House in Victoria has a paper label attached to the top, with the official letterhead of the Government House, signed and dated 8 October 1927 by Robert Randolph Bruce (1861-1942), Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in 1926-31.
The photos show the Parliament Buildings in Victoria, Saanich Peninsula, Elk Falls on the Campbell River, Mount Baker from the Malahat Drive, Mount Arrowsmith, “Mr. R.P. Butchart’s Sunken Gardens,” Colwood Golf Links near Victoria, Esquimalt dry-docks, a car with B.C. Licence plate in the “Virgin Forest,” local farmlands with herds of ships and cows, strawberry field during the harvest time, a tulip bulb farm et al. BC industry is represented with a close portrait of loggers at work, photos of a logging railway, pulp and paper mill, salmon catch, and a view of “Large timbers for export” loaded on a railway car, the timbers are with chalk inscriptions “Let BC flourish by her timber” and “BC forever.” The album closes with a photo of a catch of trout captioned “Speckled Beauties abound in B.C. Waters.”
$1250USD

 


35. [CANADA - CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILROAD]
[Album with 126 Original Gelatin Silver Snapshot Photographs and Over Forty Studio Photos Taken on a Canadian Pacific Railroad Trip Across Canada and on to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Showing Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Banff, the Rocky Mountains, Lakes Louise and Agnes, Laggan Station of the C.P.R., Rogers Pass, the Loop, Vancouver, Victoria, Duncan, Cowichan Lake, and the Main Sights of Yellowstone Park].

1910. Oblong Folio (ca. 28x36 cm). Thirty card stock leaves. Over 160 mounted gelatin silver prints of various size, including 126 snapshots ca. 6x10,5 cm (2 ¼ x 4 in) and over forty studio photos from ca. 9x11 cm (3 ½ x 4 ¼ in) to ca. 20x26,5 cm (7 ¾ x 10 ½ in). Studio photos mostly signed and/or captioned in negative, all snapshots with black ink captions on the mounts. With seventeen snapshots and studio photos (from a trip to Stockholm in 1911) mounted at rear. Handsome period red full morocco album with gilt lettered initials of the owner “A.M.A.” embossed on the front board; decorative endpapers; all edges gilt; paper label of Bath bookseller S.W. Simms on the front paste down. A couple images mildly faded, but overall a beautiful album with bright sharp photos.
Interesting album of lively snapshots and well picked studio photos from a trans-Canada and Yellowstone Park trip by a young wealthy English couple. The travelers named in the album “A.M.A.” (the same initials gilt stamped on the front board of the binding) and “E.A.” made a round trip across North America in June-September 1910, travelling from Liverpool to Quebec on board S.S. Megantic, and visiting Montreal, Ottawa, and the Niagara Falls. After that they headed west by a train of the Canadian Pacific Railway via Fort William, Winnipeg, the Prairies, Banff and the Rockies, Laggan station, and Rogers Pass. They stopped in Vancouver and Victoria, and visited Duncan and Cowichan Lake on the Vancouver Island; thence going to the Yellowstone National Park and returning to Liverpool via New York on board the steamer “Carmania”.
The snapshots taken on the trip are lively and candid, showing: Quebec (panorama from Dufferin Terrace, Sous le Cap Street), Montreal (panorama from Mount Royal), lumber on Ottawa River, travelers at Niagara falls on the “Maid of the Mist” steamer, grain ship in Lake Huron, Winnipeg (street views, C.P.R. Hotel, City Hall), the Prairies taken from the train, Banff (C.P.R. Hotel, Bow River, Lake Minnewanka, buffalos, the travelers riding horses, Sundance Canyon), Lake Louise and Lake Agnes, Paradise Valley, C.P.R. Engine at Laggan, the Loop at Laggan, Illecillewaet Glacier, Rogers Pass, travelers on Mount Abbott, “Ponies crossing snow slide on way to Asulkan Glacier,” “Train leaving snow shed on the Loop,” Vancouver (Granville Street, Keith Road in North Vancouver, trees and a beach in Stanley Park, city view from Stanley Park). Very interesting is a photo of an “Employment Agency” in Vancouver, with black boards covered with chalk written advertisements, i.e.: “Wanted: 20 Austrians or Italians for Good Railway Grading Camp. Wages $ 2.75 per day <…> 20 handy men for lrg. English development Co. For general work. Wages $ 2.75 per day to start. Excellent prospects to gentlemen who are handy with tools…” There are also views of Victoria (Empress Hotel, city views from Cathedral Hill, harbor, two photos of “moving a house”, and a scene with “Baden Powell inspecting boy Scouts, Victoria”), Duncan, and Cowichan Lake. Forty snapshots taken in Yellowstone National Park show the terraces, Mammoth Hot Springs, boiling pools and mud pods, the Golden Gate, travelers in a couch, Old Faithful geyser, bears near the hotel, Yellowstone Falls, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, and others. There is also a panorama of New York “taken while crossing from New Jersey in the ferry,” and two snapshots taken on the deck of steamer “Carmania” on the way back to Liverpool.
The studio photos include sixteen well preserved images by William Notman, showing: Quebec (general views looking from Levis, and Chateau Frontenac, Sous le Cap Street), Montmorenci Falls, and the Rockies (C.P.R. Hotel, Bow River in Banff, Bow Bridge, Lake Louise, Mounts Lefroy and Castle Craig, Mount Hungabee and Horseshoe Glacier, Kicking Horse River, Emerald Lake, Illecillewaet Glacier, Illecillewaet Loop, Mount Sir Donald and Loop, and others). Other studio photos show Montreal (city view from Mount Royal, Place Viger Hotel, Notre Dame Cathedral), Ottawa (birds-eye view, Houses of Parliament), Niagara Falls, C.P.R. Terminus Station in Vancouver, the travelers in Stanley Park in front of the Big Tree, Victoria (the Empress Hotel, Parliament House), Yellowstone Park (Old Faithful Geyser, Old Faithful Inn, the Grotto Geyser, the Punch Bowl spring, Electric Peak, the Falls in the Canyon), and the Cunard Line steamer “Carmania”. Seventeen snapshots and studio photos mounted at rear depict the couple’s travel to Stockholm in summer-autumn of 1911.
Overall a very interesting album of lively unusual photos from a Trans-Canada trip.
$4500USD

 


36. [CARIBBEAN - 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.
$1500USD

 


37. [CARIBBEAN - MARTINIQUE]
[Album of Twenty-Eight Original Albumen Photographs Showing the Destruction in St Pierre from the 1902 Mount Pelée Volcanic Eruption and Images of Fort de France Titled:] Souvenir de la Catastrophe de la Martinique 8 Mai 1902.

1902. Oblong Folio (ca. 23x37 cm). 31 beige stiff card album leaves. 28 albumen photographs with 18 larger photos ca. 16,5x23 cm (6 ½ x 9 in) and 10 smaller photos ca. 11x15,5 cm (4 ¼ x 6 ¼ in) mounted on recto of leaves, each with period French manuscript brown and black ink captions and dates mounted underneath photograph. Later red buckram cloth album. Photographs and original labels mounted on later albums leaves, some photos mildly faded but overall a very good album.
This album contains photographs that show the devastation of the Mount Pelée eruption of May 8th 1902, which killed approximately 30,000 people, 15 percent of Martinique’s population at the time (Britannica). It also contains some images of the rebuilding efforts that occurred after the eruption. Twenty photographs show buildings, streets and views of St Pierre, several of which show cadavers in the debris. Three large images show a general view of the region and the evolution of the landscape from May to October 1902. Three large photographs show the destruction of the interior and exterior of the cathedral. Also interesting are “before and after” images of the cemetery. Eight photographs show Fort de France, including the arrival of numerous disaster refugees (the city received approximately 6,000 refugees which led to the building of new neighbourhoods). Another photograph shows reconstruction work after a fire (likely the large 1890 fire that destroyed a portion of Fort de France). Also included are two images of Spanish boats likely returning from the Spanish-American war in Cuba.
List of Photos:
St Pierre: La Montagne Gelée Entre Grand Rivière et Basse Pointe; Villa St Pierre rue Lucy; Vue Générale (Mai 1902); Vue Générale (Juin 1902); Saint Pierre Actuel (Octobre 1902); Façade de la Cathédrale; Intérieur de la Cathédrale; La Cloche de la Cathédrale; Théatre de St Pierre; Cimetière du Mouillage avant la catastrophe; Cimetière du Mouillage après la catastrophe; Cadavre Place Bertin; Cadavres “Chemin de l’Ans”; L’Intendance; Défilé du 14 Juillet (5eme compagnie d’ouvrier de Fort de France); La Chambre de Commerce; Rhumerie Knigth; Batterie Ste Marthe; La Vierge des Marins;
Fort de France: Fort de France; Arrivée des Sinistrés après la première éruption; Escale Espagnole après la guerre de Cuba; L’Intendance; Travaux de Reconstruction Rue St Louis après l’incendie; Aviso Espagnol; Navire le “Groëland”; Basfin de Radoub.
$1500USD

 


38. [CARIBBEAN - PANAMA CANAL & JAMAICA]
[Album of Thirty-One Original Platinum and Silver Print 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 (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. 11x16 cm (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).
$2250USD

 


39. [CARIBBEAN - PUERTO RICO]
[Album with Over 330 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs and Real Photo Postcards from the Archive of the American Members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Puerto Rico, Showing Church Buildings and Members, Views of Guanica, Aibonito, San Juan, Guajataca Tunnel, and Others]
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Ca. 1920s. Oblong Folio (ca. 26x34 cm). Forty-four black card stock leaves. Over 310 mounted gelatin silver prints of various size, from ca. 6x3,5 cm (2 ¼ x 1 ¼ in) to ca. 12x17,5 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in), the majority are snapshots ca. 5,5x8 cm (2 x 3 ¼ in) or ca. 6x10,5 cm (2 ½ x 4 in); with about eighteen real photo postcards, several captioned in negatives. More than half of the images with white pencil captions on the mounts. Original brown soft patterned leather album fastened with a string. Two leaves detached from the stub and loosely inserted, several images removed from the album, but overall a very good album.
Interesting album of private photographs taken by members of the Butler family, who were part of the Seventh-Day Adventist church in the 1920s Puerto Rico. Interesting images include: views of Guanica (Guanica Bay, city panorama from the bay, the Plaza, buildings of the sugar mill, Union church in the Ensenada district, “Club Hospital”, “where we eat,” Garfield School), Guajataca Tunnel, harvest gathering in Sabana Grande (1921), Seventh-Day Adventist chapel in Aibonito (captioned “burned Sept. 3, 1923”), San Juan (port, city view taken from water), “road scene,” local villages, “near Salinas”, La Ventana, “north shore,” and others. Numerous images portray the American residents and members of the SDA church in Guanica and Puerto Rico (most with the names captioned): Clinton Achenbach (1875-1936, a president of the Puerto Rico Mission in the 1920s), “eld. Steel” (probably, William Steele, 1874-1951, superintendent of Puerto Rican Mission in 1909-1920), Punscombe, Bange, “Prof. Wolcott & Montanye families, Aibonito, P.R.,” Chief Blaker, eld. F.E. Wilson, Butler, Dr. Winne, Samuels, Conrad, Mrs. Kennedy, Steele, Bayton, Kneble, Wiles, Murphy, Baeze, Leah Andy, Buckminster, Cris Stevens, Foster Babcock, Doug Prenier, group portrait at the “Rich’s wedding,” Reed, Thomson, Magourski, Baeya, Richardson, group portrait of “hikers,” “American children,” Drier, Saunders, Bechman, Fatham, Bolter, Emma Thomson, Lillie Moutlon, Vallejo, Rafael Brasero, Jaum Cortez, Saluidor Rivera, swimmers in on the beach and in water, group portrait of “Senior Class, Guanica High School, Miss Garnet Grove teacher,” and many others. There are also many portraits of Puerto Rican members of the SDA church: children in the yard of the Hacienda Santa Rita, Rosa Cruz, Samuel Sanchez, Esther Pagan, Juanito Nigron, Partia Cruz, Maria Cruz, Ismael Nazario, Gloria Cruz, Romanita Seda, Fermina, Martin, a small skinny patient at “Monserrate clinic,” Rosa Adela Gruz, Carmen Planas, Andrea & Rafaela, “one of Padillas families,” and others.
The real photo postcards show Guajataca Place and tunnel, flower bed in the Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, welcoming the members of the 42nd SDA General Conference (1930), “American Hospital, Ensenada,” “Cane Steamer, Guanica Central, Ensenada,” portraits of local children et al. There are also views of the Morro Castle (Havana), Nantasket Beach (Hull, Mass.), the Bunker Hill Monument (Charleston, Mass.); eight portraits of soldiers at Camp Devens (Mass.), Niagara Falls, Toronto University, numerous portraits of the family members “Butlers Present and Past” and friends, and others.
Overall a very interesting album with some unusual and historically important views of Puerto Rico.
$1250USD

 


40. [EGYPT - NILE]
[Album of 264 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of a Nile Cruise on Board the Nile Boat "Thebes" from Alexandria to Abu Simbel, Compiled by French Tourists, Showing the Main Archeological Sights, Local People and Flooding of the Nile from the Raising of the Aswan Dam Completed in 1912, Titled:] Egypte 1912-13.

1912-1913. Large Oblong Folio album ca. 35,5x49 cm (14 x 19 ½ in). 264 original gelatin silver print photographs each ca. 11,5x8,5 cm (5 x 3 ¼ in), mounted on 44 leaves ca. 34x43 cm (13 ¼ x 16 ¾ in). All captioned and several dated in period manuscript black ink. Period dark green half morocco with gilt titled pebbled cloth boards and moiré endpapers. Album cover slightly worn at extremities and with some minor discolouration of rear cover, but overall a very good album with strong photographs.
This album contains an extensive collection photographs taken by French tourists during a cruise along the Nile River. It features landscapes, local people, villages on the banks of the Nile, and ancient temples. Particularly interesting are photographs showing the impact of the Aswan Dam (built 1899-1902, raised 1907-1912). Several images show flooding in the First Cataract region, the Philae Temple submerged in water (often partially flooded, until it was relocated in 1969), and the flooded “Bigé” village, including women and children inhabitants of the region. Several photographs show the Aswan dam and one is captioned “reason for the loss of Nubia.” Other interesting photographs of Aswan show a “Béeharis” (Bisharin, division of the Beja Nomadic population?) Nubian tribal camp, including two photographs of “Béeharis” people dancing in a group. 35 photographs show the Nile and its banks, including landscapes, small villages, and local people carrying water and gathering to greet the cruise members. Twenty-six photographs show the Karnak temple complex, two of which show the sacred lake. Nineteen photographs of Luxor show ancient monuments such as the colossi of Memnon, the Medinet-Habu temple and one of the Luxor obelisks captioned “waiting for the return of its twin from Place de la Concorde” (the second obelisk was moved to Paris in 1833). Several photographs of “Assiout” (Asyut) show views of the modern Necropolis, the entrance to the Hypogeum, as well as people gathered in the street to celebrate a Mawlid. Other images include Abydos Temples (nine photographs), the Ramasseum Temple (eight photographs), and several views of cruise members visiting the Valley of the Kings. Images of Cairo include the Tomb of the Mameluks and a wedding ceremony in front of the Shepheard Hotel. Other photographs include the Dendera temple complex, Wadi es-Sebua temple, Abu Simbel temple, Convent of Deir el-Abiad, and the Giza and Cheops pyramids.
$4250USD

 


41. [EGYPT & HOLY LAND]
PRENTICE, Sartell, Jr. (1867-1937)
[Album with Over 300 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs, Titled:] Views taken in Egypt, the Desert of Mt. Sinai, Amman, Moab, Edon, Petra, the Arabeh, around the Dead Sea, Judaea, Philistia, Samaria, Galilee, Upper Galilee, Phoenicia and Syria, in 1910. Sartell Prentice Jr. To Mr. & Mrs. H.H. Porter Jr.

1910. Oblong Folio (ca. 26x33 cm). Forty-nine black card stock leaves. Over 300 mounted gelatin silver prints, ca. 7,5x13 cm (3 x 5 ¼ in), with two double-shot panoramas of Jerusalem. All images with extensive white pencil captions on the mounts; the title written in white pencil on verso of the front cover. Original black full cloth album. Corners slightly bumped, one image with a minor tear at the right upper corner, a few images mildly faded, but overall a very good album.
Interesting extremely well annotated album with over 300 original photographs of Egypt, Mount Sinai, Jordan and the Holy Land taken by American theologian and writer Sartell Prentice Jr. During his trip there in 1910. The travelers, including Mrs. Prentice (“Lily”, Lydia Beekman Vanderpoel, 1864-?), their two sons (Pierrepont Isham Prentice, 1899-1989; and Sartell Prentice, 1903-?), and one Mr. Hurlburt of Chicago, went up the Nile to the first cataract and the Island of Philae; the adults then made a side trip to Mount Sinai, and proceeded to the Levant, visiting Baalbec and Damascus; crossed Jordan from north to south, visiting Petra, went along the south-western shores of the Dead Sea, and proceeded to Jerusalem, and the Sea of Galilee. The album is richly supplemented with Prentice’s historical commentaries and quotes of Biblical verses, and opens with a portrait of a Palestine shepherd carrying a sheep on his shoulders, illustrated with a Parable of the Lost Sheep from the Gospel of St. Luke 15:4-5: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he finds it...”
Over forty images show Egypt, including a bridal procession in Cairo, views of the Great Pyramids of Giza, temples in Karnak (including a portrait of Pierrepont Isham Prentice sitting next to the statue of Rameses II), different sites of the Theban Necropolis (the Colossi of Memnon, temples of Medinet Habu and Deir el-Bahari), Temple of Edfu, the Island of Philae “submerged by the building of the Barrage” (since 1902), view of the Aswan Low Dam and the first cataract; local villages, markets, a shadoof on the Nile, Egyptian women and children at a well, Egyptian barber shaving his client on the bank of the Nile, young water carrier, travelers crossing the Nile in a boat, and others.
Over seventy images document the trip to Mount Sinai via Suez, showing the Wells of Moses, the shore of the Red Sea, ancient El Maghara coal mine, Temple of Hathor in Serabit el-Khadim (with an extensive annotation), Feiran Oasis, Sinai mountain range, the Monastery of St. Catherine (the outside walls, the courtyard, the garden, monks, exterior and interior of the church, Chapel of the Virgin); a group of images was taken on a trip to the top of Mount Sinai. Interesting photos show the travellers’ desert camps, camel riders and cooks, local Bedouins, including “Sheikh and his Retainers. This man dined with us in Rabba. As he was one of the Leaders in the Revolt against Turkey, a revolt due to an attempt to disarm the Bedouins & to apply the new <…> Law, he has probably been [killed?] as 73 Sheikhs were hanged after the Revolt”.
Interesting photos of the Levant show the Dog River (Beirut), Baalbec, the Abana River near Damascus, Mount Nebo; cities of Amman, Kerak, Tafila, and Chobek village, the Moab region (Jordan), Petra (about forty views), the coast of the Dead Sea, Jerusalem (two double-image panoramas, and views of the Mosque of Omar, the Temple Mount, city streets, Hezekiah’s Pool, the Hill of Calvary, Gethsemane and others), Bethany, Russian monastery in the Valley of Achor, Jordan River, Hebron, Emmaus, Ashdod, Timnath (near modern day Tal Shahar), Bethel (modern-day Beitin), Nablus, ruins of the city of Samaria, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee and city of Tiberias with Crusaders’ Castle, and others. A number of photos portrays the local inhabitants and travelers to the region: Bedouins, “Russian Pilgrims going to Jerusalem for Easter,” “Arabs playing football at Samaria”; “tents of Samaritans camping on Mount Gerizim to celebrate Passover”, “fishermen mending their nets by the Sea of Galilee,” “An interrupted wedding party, friends of the groom going to the bride. I took this picture & the man drew his gun, after a fight our men took his gun away, but gave it back on a promise of good behavior…”; “Double wedding: Procession firing guns & “shrilling” with the tongue, the tongue vibration from side to side as rapidly as a humming bird’s wing…”. Overall a very interesting content rich album.
Sartell Prentice Jr. Was a minister of the First Reformed Church of Nyack (New York) in 1904-1923, he “was a descendent of a family that was among the original settlers of Cambridge, Mass., and the founders of Harvard University” (Stolldorf, G. Sartell Prentice// Historical Society of the Nyacks. Vol.7. Issue 3. Fall 2012). During the WWI he served in France on behalf of the YMCA and the Red Cross, later took an active part in the construction of the Riverside church in New York City, and was the founder of the “Nyack Plan” – a movement aimed to attract more people to church. He authored several books, including “When the Red Cross Calls” (Nyack, 1917), “Padre, a Red cross chaplain in France” (New York, 1919), “The Heritage of the Cathedral…” (London, 1936), and others. His 1910 trip to Egypt and the Holy land resulted in at least three articles: “Sunrise and sunset from Mount Sinai” (National Geographic Magazine, vol. 23, December 1912, pp. 1242-1282); “Discussion: Naoum Beg Shuquair on the Derb El Hagg” (The Biblical World, vol. 41, 1913, # 6, pp. 394-395); “The Route of Israel in the Desert” (The Biblical World, vol. 41, 1913, # 4, pp. 238-244).
The album was presented to Prentice’s younger sister Mary Isham (1880-?) and her husband Henry Holmes Porter Jr. (1876-1933), “chairman of the board of the Chicago Transfer and Clearing Company <…>, a director of the First National Bank, the Chicago and Eastern Illinois railroad, and the American Shipbuilding company” (Chicago Sunday Tribune, August 20, 1933, part 1, p. 20).
Prentice’s older son Pierrepont Isham shown on several photos was a publisher of several periodicals of the Time Inc. company in the 1940s, including the Time magazine, House and Home magazine, and Architectural Forum.
$3250USD

 


42. [EGYPT]
LEKEGIAN, Gabriel; ZANGAKI
[Album of Forty-One Large Studio Albumen Photographs of Egypt Showing Local Inhabitants and the Ancient and Contemporary Architecture of Cairo, Luxor, and the Nile Banks.]

Ca. 1880. Oblong Quarto album ca. 26,5x31,5 cm (10 ½ x 12 ¼ in); 70 grey album leaves ca. 25x29,5 cm (9 ¾ x 9 ½ in). 41 large albumen prints ca. 20,5x27 cm (8 ¼ x 10 ¾ in), mounted with corners on recto of leaves. All but five captioned, numbered and/or signed by studios in negative. Period maroon gilt titled “Album” cloth album rebacked in style, extremities with some mild wear, some minor edge wear of album leaves and one leaf loose and a couple of photographs mildly faded, but overall a very good album of strong images.
This collection of studio photographs includes high quality images of ancient sites near Cairo and Luxor, and images of local people and events, including 14 photographs by Photog. Artistique G. Lékégian & Co (active in Cairo 1887-1910), and 15 photographs by Zangaki (active in Egypt 1870s-1890s). The photographs’ are detailed enough to make hieroglyphic reliefs and architectural details very discernible. Over 10 photographs show sites around Cairo, including images of the streets, view of the Tombs of the Caliphs (“Kalifs”), the Mouhamed Ali Mosque, a reunion of theologians in the El-Azhar Mosque, the interior of the El Bordeni Mosque and the Amrou Mosque (Old Cairo). Images near Luxor include the Medinet-Abou Temple, the Karnak Temple complex, and the Luxor Statue of the Woman. There are several photographs of local people including fishermen along the Nile bank, masses of people gathered for the arrival of Mahmel, local women gathering water and men working. One portrait shows a woman holding her two young children. Other interesting photographs include the Temple of Edfu, the Toulon Mosque, and detailed images of hieroglyphics engravings.
Captioned Photographs: Bord du Nil; Pyramide Chéops & Sphinx; Vue Pittoresque des Pyramides; Arrivée du Mahmel au Caire; Citadelle et Tombeaux des Kalifs; Mosquée Mouhamed Ali (intérieur); Mosquée Mouhamed Ali (fontaine des ablutions); Mosquée El-Azhar reunion de Théologiens; Mosquée Amrou – Collonade du Pêcheur (view Caire); Mosquée Amrou collonades (view Caire); Mosquée Toulon; Mosquée el Bordeni (Kibla et Mimbar); Tombeaux des Kalifs; Tombeaux des Kalifs (Sultan Barkouk); Tombeau de Sultan Barkouk; Des femmes arabes portant de l’eau; Famille; Saggieh Egyptien; Ramses II; Edfu; Luksor Statue de la Femme; Medinet-Abou; Karnak salle hypostyle; Colonne de la salle hypostyle.
$2250USD

 


43. [GEORGIA - BORJOMI]
[Album with 34 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of 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

 


44. [GREECE]
[Album with 107 Original Gelatin Silver Snapshot Photographs of the Mediterranean, Mostly Greece, Including over Seventy Views of the Main Sites of Athens and Environs, as well as of Corfu, Patras, Cape Maleas, Cape Matapan, areas near Kalamata and Navarino, Lipari Islands, “near Palermo”, “Spanish coast”, Gibraltar, and others].

Ca. 1910s. Oblong Quarto (ca. 18x29 cm). Twenty seven grey card stock leaves. 107 inserted gelatin silver prints, ca. 7x12,5 cm (2 ¾ x 5 in), all but one image with captions manuscript captions on the small paper labels attached to the mounts. Photos inserted in album leaf windows, four to a leaf. Original black full cloth “Gilson adjustable album” (paper label on the inner side of the back cover), fastened with a string. A few images with mild silvering or mildly faded, but overall a very good album.
Album with interesting original photos of Greece, mostly Athens and Peloponnese, taken during WW1 by an American sailor. The images illustrate his voyage from Saranda (Albania) to Athens via Corfu and Patras, and then around the Peloponnese peninsula, with the return voyage to New York via Sicily and Gibraltar. Most photos in the album (over seventy) show Athens and environs: Acropolis (general views from different points, the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Hekatompedon, Erechtheion, Cave of Pan, Asclepeion), Mount Lycabettus, Theatre of Dionysus, the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates, Areopagus, Cave of the Furies, Pnyx Hill, Philopappos Hill and Monument, prison of Socrates, Theseion, the Stoa of Attalus, Roman Market, Dipylon Gate, Salamis Island, Arch of Hadrian, Olympiaeum, the Ilisos River, Panathenaic Stadium, Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, Agios Eleftherios (or Little Metropolitan) church, the Chapel of St. George (Lykavittos Hill), several street views with shoe shops, herds of goats and local people, port of Phalerum, Munichia hill fishermen’s boats at Piraeus, and others.
Other views of Greece show the town of Corfu, Patras, and several places on the Peloponnese peninsula: “near Agios Vasileios,” Cape Maleas, Cape Matapan, “near Kalamata”, and “near Navarino” (Pylos). About twenty photos at rear were taken in the other parts the Mediterranean and on a way back home to New York: La Justice (French battleship Justice, 1904-1922, of the Mediterranean fleet), Lipari Islands (north of Sicily), Vocarno, “near Palermo”, “Spanish coast”, Gibraltar, British torpedo boat at Gibraltar, “on ocean”, “Pilot boat in New York Harbour”, and a pier in Brooklyn. A nice collection of views of the main sites of Athens and views of the Peloponnese and the Mediterranean.
$1250USD

 


45. [GREECE]
RHOMAÏDE, Frères
[Album of Forty-Seven Large Original Collotype Photographs Including Five Panoramas of Southern Greece titled:] Grece.

Ca. 1890. Oblong Folio album ca. 27x37 cm (10 ¾ x 14 ½ in). 47 original Collotype photographs including five large panoramas ca. 21x56,5 cm (8 ¼ x 22 ¼ in) to 21x88,5 cm (8 ¼ x 34 ½ in) and 42 large photographs ca. 21,5x28 cm (8 ½ x 11 in), mounted on recto and/or verso of 24 stiff board leaves ca. 25,5x34,5 cm (10 x 13 ½ in), each captioned, numbered and/or signed in negative by the studio or in print on back of photograph. Period dark brown gilt titled full morocco album. Album with some minor bumping at extremities but overall in very good condition with strong sharp photographs.
This album contains a series of large very sharp, strong photographs showing ancient and contemporary sights and views near the south coast of Greece, including Athens, Nafplio, Pirée, Corinth and Delphi. Twenty images show the Acropolis, including several views of the Parthenon, the amphitheater, the Temple of Zeus, and the Tower of Winds. Five images show sights in Athens, including two views of the city, the Greek Parliament, the current Historical Museum of Athens (Former parliamentary building) and the Hotel de la Grande-Bretagne (bought and restored after 1874 by Efstathios Lampsas). There is an interesting image showing a boat traversing the Corinth Canal which was only completed in 1893. There are also five photographs of ancient ruins at the Mycenae archeological site. The panoramic views in this album show Nafplio (“Neuplie”), Delphi, Pirée, the Olympia archeological site and Athens.
Captioned Photographs: Panorama du Pirée; Panorama d’Athènes; Panorama d’Olympie en 3 pièces; Panorama de Neuplie; Vue générale de l’Ancienne Delphes
$2750USD

 


46. [HAWAII]
STOCKWELL, Raymond A. (1904-1942)
[Album of Forty-Five Original Large Gelatin Silver Aerial Photographs of Hawaii Taken by American Air force Planes].

Ca. 1925. Oblong Folio (25,5x33,5 cm). 21 grey album leaves. With 45 mounted original glossy large gelatin silver photographs ca. 17,5x23 cm (7x9 in), including two slightly smaller and one slightly large. Most photographs captioned in negative on photographs. Period maroon faux snake skin album with gilt title "photographs" embossed on front cover. Extremities with some wear, a couple of album leaves with edge wear, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
The interesting large aerial photographs in this album include: Aloha Tower, Honolulu; Downtown (harbor & business section) Honolulu (3); The Malolo entering Honolulu harbor; Honolulu harbor; Luke Field, Oahu (2); Sunset on the Waianaes; Schooner Vigigante off Oahu; Lava Lake in fire pit Kilauea volcano; Kilauea crater and fire pit; Haleakala crater, Maui; Cones in Haleakala crater; Mokuaweoweo crater; North coast of Hawaii; Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki (2); Kawaiaho Church, Honolulu; Capital Building, Former Iolani Palace Honolulu; Rodgers Airport; Mormon Temple; Captain Cooks Monuments Kealakekua Bay; Rainbow Falls; City of Refuge near Honolulu; Rice harvesting; War Memorial Natatorium; Waimea Canyon, Kauai; Nuuanu Pali Road, including other photos of group of natives with bows; U.S.A.T. Thomas in Verdi Island Passage; U.S.A.T. Somme; U.S.A.T. Chateau Thierry in Gatun Lake, C.Z. (2); U.S.A.T. Grant (2); Airborne aircraft (8), etc.
This photo album is from the estate of Raymond A. Stockwell who served in the Army Air Corps in the 86th Observation Squadron. Stockwell attained the rank of 1st Lt. But was killed along with two fellow crewmen in a crash of a twin-engine Beechcraft F-2 Plane after it crashed head-on into Pilot Rock near Ashland, Oregon killing all aboard on January 6th, 1942.
$1500USD

 


47. [MEXICO - MEXICO CITY]
[Album with 124 Original Gelatin Silver Snapshot Photographs of Mexico City and Environs].

Ca. 1900s. Oblong Quarto (ca. 18,5x27 cm). Fifty card stock leaves with tissue guards (eighteen blank). 124 mounted gelatin silver prints, ca. 7,5x10 cm (3x4 in), no captions. Original black full cloth “Badger” album (paper label on the inner side of the back cover). A few images with mild silvering or mildly faded, but overall a very good album.
Lively album of original snapshot photos from a vacation trip to Mexico, most likely taken by American tourists. The interesting photos show panoramas of the Mexico City with the surrounding mountains, railway stations and cars, “Grand Mexican Restaurant, Wine rooms for Ladies & Gentlemen,” lively views of streets and markets with local people, vendors, coffin bearers walking down a street, façade of a hotel with the signs “Hotel Cosmopolitan. Casa Alemana. German House,” street with a sign “American News Stand,” interiors of a hotel, public garden, Catholic monasteries and churches, street with a building in the background “Drogueria Botica” (pharmacy), public laundry, the Monument to Cuauhtémoc on the Paceo de la Reforma avenue, El Caballito (the equestrian statue of Charles IV of Spain Manuel Tolsá), Zocalo Plaza with the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and tram cars, scenes of a bull fight at the Plaza de Toros, a female traveler posing on the outside deck of a tram car, several views of the famous Mexico city canals in the Xochimilco district with local villages on the banks, nearby towns and a snow-capped volcano (most likely, Mount Popocatépetl). Overall a very interesting collection of original photos of Mexico City and surrounding towns.
$1500USD

 


48. [NEW ZEALAND - MOUNT COOK]
WHEELER & SON, COOPER, Frederick Kingsford Jeken
[Album of Eighteen Original Albumen Photographs of an Early Attempt to Ascend Mount Cook from the Tasman side Including a Large Panorama showing Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and Mount Haast from the Tasman Glacier].

1889. Oblong Folio (28,5x37 cm). 9 stiff beige album leaves. With eighteen original albumen photographs, seventeen ca. 17,5x22 cm (7x9 in) and one large folding composite panorama 16x104,5 cm (6 ½ x 41 ½ in). Most photographs captioned in the negative. Period brown gilt tooled half morocco with pebbled cloth boards. Mounts and boards slightly warped and a few photographs mildly faded, but overall a very good album of interesting early mountaineering photographs.
Album of early photographs made on an 1889 expedition attempting the first ascent of Mount Cook from the Tasman side. Mount Cook was first successfully climbed on 25 December 1894 when New Zealanders Tom Fyfe, John Michael (Jack) Clarke and George Graham successfully reached the summit via the Hooker Valley and the north ridge. The large panorama in this album shows Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and Mount Haast from the Tasman Glacier; the other photographs show Mt. Cook & Hooker Glacier; Ice Ridge Mt. Cook; Mt. Cook; Coach Leaving Hermitage Showing Southern Spur of Mt. Cook; Green's 5th Camp; Mueller Glacier (2); Mt. Tasman; Ice Cave Tasman Glacier; Head Tasman Valley; Sebastopol from Old Moraine; Sealey Range, The Hermitage; Mt. Sefton & Source of Mueller River; Crossing river by cable car; Lake Tekafo; two others with faded captions. The studio of Edmund Wheeler and his son Edmund Richard Wheeler was established in Christchurch in January 1864. The 1889 expedition documented in this album was reported upon in the Press (Christchurch) newspaper:
"A party of gentlemen have resolved to attempt the ascent of Mount Cook from the Tasman side. This party will be accompanied by a photographer (Frederick Kingsford Jeken Cooper) on behalf of Messrs Wheeler and Sons. We hope that the party may meet with the success they deserve. Should they do so the public will, owing to Messrs Wheeler and Sons' enterprise, have an opportunity of obtaining an accurate idea of what the Mount Cook scenery is like..,The party, consisting of Messrs Dixon, Johnson and Mannering, Mr Cooper (an operator from Messrs Wheeler and Sons), photographers, and two men engaged in swagging, left the Hermitage on 25th March, and after being detained at the terminal face of the Tasman glacier for a day by bad weather, reached the Ball Glacier Camp (Green's fifth camp) on March 27th. The first few days were spent in photographic work on the Tasman Glacier, the party camping two nights under Mount Malte Brun. From this point Messrs Dixon, Johnson, and Mannering attempted an ascent of Mount de la Beche, but were forced to return, owing to some difficult work on ice covered rocks being met with at an altitude of 8000 ft. On the downward trip Mr Dixon was taken ill, and some difficulty was experienced in reaching camp.
A return was made to the Ball Glacier camp on the 31st. Mr Mannering and the photographer ascended to 7000 ft on the Ball Glacier spur of Mount Cook, from whence a fine exposure of the peak secured. Mr Mannering pressing on, reached the peak of the Mount Cook range which this spur leads up to — some 7420 ft in height — and from which grand views of each side of the range are obtained. Darkness coming on, camp was only made by 10.30 p.m. After great difficulty.
Some days of rest followed, during which Messrs Johnson and Mannering explored a new route on the mountain (which it is believed will ultimately prove practicable) to a height of 6300ft.
On 4th April, one of the swagging hands coming up with supplies, with him Messrs Johnson and Mannering started for an ascent of the Hochstetter dome, camping the first night under Mount de la Beche. The ascent from this point was accomplished after much negotiating of crevasses and bergschrunds, and cutting steps up difficult ice slopes, in eight hours, the views en route being described as wonderfully magnificent.
From the summit the panorama beggars all description. The Wataroa River could be traced from source to mouth, meandering through forest-clad mountains to the sea, and to the northward and eastward hundreds of peaks of all descriptions flanked by as many glaciers, combined to make the scene one of the grandest panoramas. The descent was accomplished in four hours, the last hour being spent in a maze of crevasses in the turn of the glacier in a fast failing light, the party having been twelve hours on the rope without setting foot on a rock. Von Lendenfeld's time for the mountain was, we are informed, twenty seven hours.
Owing to an accident to the kerosene lamp, and Mr Dixon's uncertain state of health, it was deemed prudent to abandon the attempt on Mount Cook, although the mountain was apparently in fine order, and the route had been carefully noted from various points of vantage. A return to the Hermitage was effected on April 6th" (Press, Volume XLVI, Issue 7266, 23 March 1889, Page 4 & Press, Volume XLVI, Issue 7288, 18 April 1889, Page 5 from canterburyphotography.blogspot.ca).
$3500USD

 


49. [NEW-GUINEA & SAMOA]
[Album of Fifty-Three Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Compiled by a crew member from one of the last Pacific Voyages of SMS Gneisenau to German Samoa and German New Guinea with a stop in Vietnam].

Ca. 1900. Oblong Folio (28x37 cm). 25 stiff beige album leaves. With 53 original gelatin silver mounted photographs ca. 16,5x21,5 cm (6 ½ x 9 ½ in) and slightly smaller, the majority ca. 11,5x16 cm (4 ½ x 6 ½ in). Images mounted recto and verso of album leaves. Original black lacquered album with black gilt tooled sheep spine and pictorial image on front cover. Album with mild wear at extremities and with a minor chip of lacquer on front cover, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photographs.
Album of interesting photos of German Samoa, German New Guinea and a stop in Vietnam on one of the last voyages of the SMS Gneisenau with photos of the ship (onboard views, group photos of sailors, line crossing ceremony, natives coming aboard); German Samoa (topless girls, chief and wives, noble ladies, group photos of natives, native dwellings); Vietnam (Opium den, local women, street view with German sailors in a horse drawn cart, a mill, interior views of a temple); German New Guinea (outrigger canoes with natives, warriors, native soldiers, ceremonial dance with natives in head dress, group photos of natives), etc..,
The "SMS Gneisenau was a Bismarck-class corvette built for the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine) in the late 1870s. The ship was named after the Prussian Field Marshal August von Gneisenau. Gneisenau served in the training of officer candidates, for which the ship undertook numerous voyages abroad. An incident of desertion by a crew member is alleged to have occurred in 1885 at Sydney. On 16 December 1900 the ship sank in a storm near the harbor of Málaga, Spain, after grounding at the harbor mole because a failure of the propulsion machinery. Forty crew members perished, including the captain and first officer" (Wikipedia).
$2250USD

 


50. [RUSSIA - SIBERIA]
[Leporello Album with Seventeen Early Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of the Trans-Baikal Railway and Local Buryats].

Ca. 1900. Oblong Duodecimo (ca. 12x15 cm). With seventeen mounted gelatin silver prints ca. 8x11 cm (3 x 4 ¼ in), eight light green card stock leaves put together in accordion-like manner. Period style blue full cloth album with gilt lettered title in Russian on the front board. Mounts slightly soiled, but overall a very good album.
Interesting early collection of original photos of the Trans-Baikal Railway, which was built as a part of the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1895-1905. The interesting images show locomotives and railway cars, railway bridge over the Selenga River, building of a railway station (probably, in Chita), an open railway car with volunteers, apparently going to the front of the Russo-Japanese War, a scene on a watermelon market, and ten portraits of Buryat people: families in front of their yurts, men in native clothes, children, peasant women next to a windmill, Buddhist monks, and camel riders. Overall a nice unusual collection of rare views of the Trans-Baikal Railway.
“The Trans-Baikal Railway is a subsidiary of the Russian Railways headquartered in Chita and serving Zabaykalsky Krai and Amur Oblast. The main line was built between 1895 and 1905 as part of the Trans-Siberian Railway. It bordered the Circum-Baikal Railway on the west and the Chinese Eastern Railway on the east. The railway bore the name of Vyacheslav Molotov between 1936 and 1943” (Wikipedia). The Railway stretches from Petrovsky Zavod station on the west to Arkhara station on the east.
$1650USD

 


51. [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).
$1500USD

 


52. [RUSSIA]
[Album with over 140 Original Photographs from the Archive of the Sprato Family most Likely Taken by Amateur Photographer Alexander Sprato, Showing Alatyr Town, Usman Town, Borovichi Town, Moscow, Kazan, Portraits of Peasants, Fishermen, Schoolchildren, Officers and Soldiers, a Young Estate Owner, Sprato Family Members, and Others].

Ca. 1890-1910. Oblong Quarto (ca. 24x32,5 cm). Twenty-five grey card stock leaves. Over 140 mounted gelatin silver prints of various size, from ca. 4x4,5 cm (1 ½ x 1 ¾ in) to ca. 16,5x23 cm (6 ½ x 9 in), about fifty images with manuscript black ink captions on the mounts. Original grey cloth album with a leather spine and gilt tooled decorations on the front board. Rebacked, covers slightly soiled and rubbed, mounts slightly soiled, several images removed from the album, several mildly faded, one photo on the first leaf with loss of the upper margin, but overall a very good album.
The album contains over a hundred interesting evocative images of pre-revolutionary Russia, most likely taken by amateur photographer Alexander Sprato (his slightly damaged portrait is mounted on the first leaf); the captions under the images were also made by him. The photos depict various places in Central Russia, with some lively views of towns and villages, portraits of street guards, fishermen, hunters, peasants, families, children etc. Interesting views include those of: Alatyr Town (modern-day Chuvash Republic), showing streets, market square, piled timber on a river bank; Usman Town (Lipetsk Oblast) – main square, a noble house with the inhabitants in front, construction of a bathing house on a river; Borovichi (Novgorod Oblast) – street views, a ferry over the Msta River; Moscow (Manege, street decorations to the Coronation of Nicolas II on the Kuznetsky Most, Lubyanskaya Square, entrance to the Assembly of Nobility; draughts office of the Special Moscow District, Plaksin’s musical school, street guards in front of the office # 6); Emperor’s estate Klinskoye (Vladimirskaya Oblast), museum of the Boat of Peter I on the Pleshcheyevo Lake near Pereyaslavl-Zalessky (Yaroslavl Oblast), Kazan, a forest with cut timber in the foreground, and others. Numerous portraits show Sprato family members (including first photos of the photographer’s son Georgiy), as well as children from a church school near Mologa (Yaroslavl Oblast, now submerged under the Rybinsk reservoir), peasants making hay, fishermen and their children in a fisherman village near Pereyaslavl-Zalessky; officers, soldiers and a nurse during the WW1; a young man with hunting dogs in a countryside estate, and others. At the end of the album there are also several later group portraits of the Sprato family and friends, dating ca. 1920s.
$2250USD

 


53. [TURKEY, LEBANON, SYRIA]
BONFILS, Félix; SEBAH & JOALLIER; BERGGREN, Guillaume; ABDULLAH Frères; GULINEZ Frères
[Album of Thirty-Three Large Studio Albumen Photographs Showing Ancient Sites, Architectural Details and Mosques in Baalbek, Constantinople and Damascus.]

Ca. 1880. Oblong Folio album ca. 27x36 cm (10 ¾ x 14 ¼ in); 32 beige leaves. 33 large albumen prints ca. 21,5x28 cm (8 ½ x 11 in), mounted on recto of leaves. All but 7 captioned, numbered and/or signed by studios in negative. Period brown cloth album. Rebacked with cloth, and with mild wear at extremities. Overall very good album with strong photographs.
This album includes interesting photographs that show ancient monuments and their architectural details and views and mosques of Baalbek, Constantinople and Damascus, by a variety of studio photographers. Photographs by the Abdullah Brothers (famous Ottoman photographers active 1858-1900) include the interior of the Suleimanié mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the Colonne Brulée (Constantinople) and the minaret of the Kaid Bey Mosque (Cairo). The album contains eight photographs by Bonfils (active 1867-1885 in the Middle East), including several views of Damascus, a detailed view of the Temple of Jupiter, the interior of the Jewish Chamahayah house, and an unusual image showing an enormous plane tree (“platane”) that was carved out for shelter. The album includes three photographs by Sébah & Joaillier, including the interior of the Ahmed Mosque and a photograph of Turkish merchants near ablution fountains. One print by Guillaume Berggren (Swedish photographer who opened a studio in Constantinople in 1866) shows the interior of Haggia Sophia, and a print by the Gulinez Brothers shows the interior of the Rustem-Pacha Mosque. Other images include a strong photograph of the English Consulate house in Damascus, photographs of the ancient “Temple of the Sun” and the “Stone of the Pregnant Woman” in Baalbek, and two portraits of veiled women.
Captioned Photographs:
Baalbek: Chapiteau dans la mosquée Balbek; Balbek, Temple de Jupiter; Balbek, Niche de l’Octogon; Baalbek, Porte du Temple de Soleil; Baalbek, Chapitaux de Proanos; Balbek, Plafond du Péristyle du Temple de Jupiter; Baalbek, Pierre du Sud; Mur cyclopéen à Balbek.
Constantinople: Ste Sophie, rez-de-chaussée; Intérieur de Suleimanié (2); Colonne Brûlée; Grande Porte de la Mosquée du Sultan Ahmed; Mosquée du Sultan Ahmed; Intérieur de la Mosquée Rustem-Pacha, Vue générale (Gulinez Frères); Intérieur de la Mosquée Rustem-Pacha (Sebah & Joaillier); Fontaines d’Ablutions & Marchands Turcs.
Damascus: Damas, Vue Générale; Damas, Platane colossal dans une rue; Damas, Intérieur de la maison Chamahayah; Damas, Arc de Triomphe (2); Damas, Intérieur de la maison consul. Anglais.
Cairo: Minaret de la Mosquée Kaid Bey.
$2250USD

 


54. [UKRAINE - EASTERN FRONT, WW1]
[Album with Over 160 Real Photo Postcards and Over 40 Printed Postcards Collected by a German Private Willy Strobel during his Service on the Eastern Front of WW1, Including Views of the Oginski Canal in Western Belarus; Kovel, Gonczy Brod and Holoby in Western Ukraine, Warsaw Forts in Poland, and Kharkov in Eastern Ukraine after its Occupation by German Troops in April 1918].

Ca. 1916-1918. Folio (ca. 41x25 cm). 40 card stock leaves (several blank). Over 160 real photo postcards and over 40 printed postcards mounted on the album leaves; the majority with period manuscript notes or letters on verso, many dated and with “Feldpost” ink stamps on verso. Original green quarter cloth album with decorative papered boards. Album slightly rubbed on extremities, corners slightly bumped, several images slightly faded or with minor silvering, but overall a very good album.
Historically interesting extensive collection of real photo and printed postcards illustrating life on the German side of the Eastern front of WW1 – in Poland, western Belarus, and western Ukraine in 1916-1918. The postcards were sent home by Willy Strobel, a resident of Plauen (Saxony) and a soldier of the Saxon Landwehr Infantry Regiment # 107. The real photo postcards were taken by Strobel or one of his comrades and appear to have been made in the regiment; the majority contain Strobel’s notes on rectos or versos describing time and place where the photos were taken, or more detailed notes to his family in Plauen.
The real photo postcards include numerous group portraits of German soldiers and officers taken in trenches, in front of dugouts (one with a sign “Plauner Hütte”, another one with a sign “Villa Blicke Dich”), next to a field kitchen, an unexploded bomb, or a machine gun, lining in front of a street sausage shop, standing inside a robbed Orthodox church, posing in a soccer uniform, while peeling potatoes, et al.; several images have their names marked. Among the interesting images is a series of views of the Oginsky Canal (modern Pinsk Region, western Belarus), dated 1916. The Canal was seriously damaged during the WW1 when all hydro technical constructions were destroyed; it was reconstructed in the interwar period when western Belarus was a part of Poland, destroyed again in 1942, and was never repaired afterwards. The real photo postcards show German soldiers posing on a bridge across the Oginsky Canal and crossing it in boats, a soldier reading “Zwickauer Neueste Nachrichten” (Saxon newspaper) on the Canal; Willy Strobel at “Oginski stellung” in March 1916, and others. A group of real photo postcards dated 1917 shows the town of Kovel in western Ukraine (modern Volyn oblast) and several nearby villages - Gonczy Brod (Го́нчий Брід), Holoby (Голо́би), and Stary Mosor. Very interesting are the images of the German military headquarters in Holoby (housed in a manor characterized by Strobel as the “Tsars’ hunting palace!”), scene of explosion of a Catholic church of St. Michael in Holoby in July 1917 (a later printed postcard from the album shows the church with the destroyed bell tower), a photo of a military orchestra rehearsing in Holoby, and others. Several views of Gonczy Brod show the village church, streets, and German military headquarters in February 1917. There are also interesting photo views of Warsaw forts, destroyed railway bridge, 15 cm Langrohr gun from the Lehmann battery, portraits of local peasants and others. Most notable is a group of real photo postcards showing Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, occupied by German army in April 1918; the images dated June-July 1918 show city streets, market square, and railway station in Kuryazh near Kharkov where Strobel was apparently stationed.
Printed postcards issued by Dr. Trenkier & Co. (Leipzig), Paul Malbrieh (Bremen), Rassvet (Kyev), VW (Warsaw), Wendt Groll (Marienwerder), A. Lange (Leipzig-Connewitz), and others, show Warsaw, Kovel, Holoby, Kharkiv, Brest-Litovsk, Borovichi (Belarus), pontoon bridge near Pinsk (Belarus), front scenes, Ukrainian and Russian countryside, local black storks and others. Overall a very interesting content rich collection.
$2250USD

 


55. [WASHINGTON STATE - TACOMA, OLYMPIA & MT. RAINIER]
[Album with Over 180 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs of Washington State, Showing Tacoma, Boating in Commencement Bay, Olympia, Spanaway, Eatonville, and Hiking and Camping on the Slopes of Mount Rainier].

Ca. 1900. Oblong Folio (ca. 25,5x34 cm). Twenty grey card stock leaves. Over 180 mounted gelatin silver prints, the majority are snapshots ca. 8x8 cm (3 ¼ x 3 ¼ in) or ca. 5,5x10,5 cm (2 ¼ x 4 in), also with six large studio photos ca. 14,5x19,5 cm (5 ½ x 7 ¾ in) or slightly smaller. No captions. Original black full cloth “Morehouse photo album” (paper label on the inner side of the back cover), fastened with a string. Covers mildly rubbed on extremities, a few images with mild silvering or mildly faded, but overall a very good album of interesting photos.
Lively private album of photos taken by the residents of the Washington state; interesting images include panoramas of Mount Rainier, views of Tacoma train station (with railway cars and two ladies standing next the Northern Pacific Express), steamers in the Commencement Bay, Spanaway Hotel, Thomas van Eaton’s “General Merchandise” store and Hotel Groe (built in 1892) in Eatonville, Old Capitol Building in Olympia (built in 1890-92), Soldiers’ Monument in Tumwater’s Masonic Memorial Park (Olympia, opened in 1902 to honour the Washington State soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American/Philippine-American War), a street parade showing horse driven carts, and circus elephants. There are also numerous images of the family and friends on their properties, during picnics and leisure camping trips, while boating in Commencement Bay, scenes of a public gathering; a series of photos show a trip to Mount Rainier with camping tents on the mountain slopes, glaciers and waterfalls, the hikers in the fields densely covered with lilies, and on the snowy slopes. Overall a very interesting private album illustrating life in Washington State at the beginning of the 20th century.
$1250USD

 



 
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