2 DAMMANN / Ethnologischer Atlas 106


Description: Third copy located of an extremely rare ethnographic photo album

DAMMANN, Carl Victor and Friedrich Wilhelm.
Ethnologischer Atlas sämmtlicher Menschen-Racen in Photographien,

Hamburg, Otto Meissner, [1876]. Loose in a modern black half cloth clamshell box, pastepaper sides, with the original printed title-wrapper mounted on front. With letterpress title-leaf and 179 albumen prints mounted on 25 paperboard leaves (31.5 x 46.5 cm), each leaf in a simple decorative border and with a short general description in German, and all photos with irregularly numbered captions.

Extremely rare collection of photographs intended for the use at schools, by Carl Victor and Friedrich Wilhelm Dammann, who are best known for their massive photographic work Anthropologisch-Ethnologisches Album in Photographien published in instalments between 1873 and 1874. "Als vorstufen auf dem Weg zum photomechanisch illustrierten wissenschaftlichen Buch besitzen sie heute den Rang buchkünstlerischer Inkunabeln" (Teye).
The collection contains photographs of ethnic types from all over the world, including Africans, Arabs, Chinese, Japanese and indigenous Americans, starting with the "civilised" Western-Europeans and ending with Australians, Melanesians and Micronesians.
The German photographer Carl Victor Dammann (1819-1874) collected photographs from many different sources and after his death in 1874 his half-brother Friedrich Wilhelm (1834-1894) took over his collection. To finance the upcoming volumes of the Album, he published a German school edition with the title Anthropologisches Schul-Album in Photographien (1875/1876), the English school edition Ethnological photographic gallery of the various races of men (1875), and the present Ethnologischer Atlas sämmtlicher Menschen-Racen in Photographien (1876). The captions and general descriptions differ among these editions and Thomas Theye indicates that the contents of the present edition differs in two plates from the Schul-Album, while the English edition has one plate less. We have located only two other copies, one in the Princeton University Library and the other in the Museum Ethnografiska in Stockholm.

With contemporary large bookseller's ticket of "Vetter's plastische leermiddelen" in Rotterdam, specializing in education. Paperboards slightly browned and foxed, some minor stains and occasional damage to the photos. Original wrapper rubbed. Extremely rare photo album.
Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 154; KVK/WorldCat (1 copy); cf. Theye, "Einige Neuigkeiten zu Leben und Werk der Bruder Carl Victor und Friedrich Dammann" in: Mitteilungen aus dem Museum fur Volkerkunde Hamburg vol. 24/25 (1994/95), pp. 247-284; not in Ferguson; Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et l'Arabe; Sabin; South African Bibliography; etc.
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