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2)14 photographs of China, Indonesia, the Hawaiia, California an

€2,850.00

Description: PHOTOGRAPHY - HAWAII - CHINA]. [Lai FONG(?), A CHAN, WOODBURY & PAGE, I.W. TABER and Hippolyte ARNOUX].
[Collection of 14 photographs of China, Indonesia, the Hawaiian Islands, California and Egypt].
Late 19th century. Albumen prints, ranging in size from ca. 16.5 x 23 cm to 21 x 28 cm.
€ 2,850
Collection of 14 vintage photographs from the late 19th century showing China, Indonesia, the Hawaiian Islands, California and Egypt. Of the 6 photographs of China, 2 show the inner harbour and the home of the Portuguese poet Luís de Camões in Macau. Hong Kong can be seen in two other images, including one, possibly by the famous Chinese photographer Lai Fong (ca. 1839-1890), showing Queen's Road Central. The two rarest photographs show several of the 7500 imperial examination cubicles in Canton (Guangzhou), while a photograph by A Chan (Ya Zhen) shows the famous five-story pagoda on Kun Yam Hill in 1870. The Indonesian island Java can be seen on 3 photographs, including one of lake Telaga Warna by the British firm Woodbury & Page, based in Batavia (Jakarta). Taken further to the west, were 3 photographs of Hawaii, probably all taken in or near Honolulu. A rare undated photograph of the statue of King Kamehameha was taken probably right after the unveiling ceremony in 1883, as it shows a small wooden fence around the statue which can be seen in an illustration in The Graphic (28 April 1883) but is absent from all later images. Of the 2 final images, one by Isaiah West Taber (1830-1912) shows Midway Point in Monterey, California and the other, by Hippolyte Arnoux (fl. 1860-1890), a group of Arabs and camels waiting for the ferry near El Qantara in Egypt.
Most of the photographs are worn at the edges, with small tears and folds and a few have small holes; one of the images of Hawaii with a waterstain at the lower margin.
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