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[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 (10 x 11 ½ in), and three large colour photos, ca. 20x26 cm (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.