Ca. 1900. Folio album (ca. 30,5x24,5 cm). 34 thick card stock leaves. With 151 original photos, including 147 gelatin silver photos and 4 albumen photos. Gelatin silver photos: 36 large photos ca. 17x22,5 cm (6 ¾ x 8 ¾ in), 109 smaller photos ca. 9x9 cm (3 ½ x 3 ½ in), two photos ca. 10x14,5 cm (3 ¾ x 5 ¾ in). Albumen photos: three large views of the 1903 Delhi Durbar, ca. 19x28 cm (7 ½ x 11 in), one smaller photo ca. 10,5x15,5 cm (4x6 in). Most photos with period manuscript ink captions on the mounts (related to either to individual images or to groups of images). Period black half sheep album with black pebbled cloth boards; moire endpapers, all edges gilt. Binding rubbed on extremities, spine with cracks on hinges, one mount with a minor tear on the outer margin, a few images mildly faded, but overall a very good album of strong interesting photos.
Interesting unusual collection of original photos of colonial Indonesia, New Guinea, and the western Pacific islands, apparently taken by a British traveller in the early 20th century. Over sixty photos (including thirty-six excellent large images) depict various settlements and natural sites of Java. The large photos show a canal in Batavia (Jakarta), a “sun shelter on highway,” summer residence of the Dutch East Indies’ Governor-General in Buitenzorg (Bogor), Buitenzorg botanical gardens and fountains, Tjipanas (Cipanas) hill station (a clearly visible sign on one of the houses reads “Tjipanas”), two views of a smoke coming out of a “volcano, Java,” “virgin forest, Java, Papandayan” (Mt. Papandayan, a stratovolcano in western Java), “lake nr. Garoet, Java” (Garut, west Java, a popular hill station of the Dutch colonial elite), “tea plantation,” “rice fields,” native villages, houses, ponds, rivers and bamboo bridges, colonial residences, forests, waterfalls, portraits of a “Javanese priest” and his wife, Javanese men, etc. There is also a photo of a rickshaw cart standing next to a house with the sign of a local photography studio “C. Johannes Sr. Photographie Insantanèe Onveranderlijke Vergrootingen Verkrijgbaar Keurige Lijsten.” The smaller photos of Java show Batavia streets, Atjeh monument in Batavia’s Wilhelmina park, railway tracks, villages, seven scenes from the ascent of the Papandayan volcano, portraits of native farmers, fishermen, children, passengers looking out the window of a 3rd class railway car, etc. There are also over a dozen photos of “Ambonia” (Ambon Island) - with street and market scenes, Gowa (Sulawesi) – showing the royal mosque and palace, portraits of the “crown prince & son” and passers-by “on the road to Goa”; and Banda Island (village, wharf, Dutch forts).
Twenty-four interesting photos of German colonial New Guinea include group portraits of native families and villagers, showing details of their neck, arm and face decorations; several group portraits feature German settlers; two portraits depict natives from New Britain. There are also views of Potsdamhaven, “temple containing skulls of departed chiefs,” native villages, outrigger canoes, “New Guinea war junk,” etc. The group of “western Pacific” photos show Tonga (Haapai harbour, royal palace & tombs, thatched-roof houses, a scene of “delivering mails by rocket to Niaufau Island, Tonga group,” portraits of girls in missionary-style dresses, women “making tapa cloth,” families); Samoa (views of Apia, “R.L. Stevenson’s house, Apia,” two views of Stevenson’s tomb, “view of Stevenson’s house from tomb,” fale house, copra factory, portraits of Samoan women); and Fiji (street scenes, portraits of Fijians, views of a wharf with warehouses – one with a sign “Krafft & Smith, Timber & Copra merchants”). The album also includes three large albumen photos of the official procession during the 1903 Delhi Durbar which commemorated the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra as Emperor and Empress of India.
Overall an interesting collection of original vernacular photos of Indonesia, New Guinea and the western Pacific including many ethnographic images.