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1907 Photograph Album - Travels to China & Japan


China, Japan, 1907-1909. Album of photographs taken and compiled by a German marine who spent some time in Imperial China and in Japan, serving onboard the SMS Leipzig with the East Asia Squadron of the German Imperial Navy, featuring excellent snapshot scenes, as well as shocking professional photographs of Chinese justice, followed by a few beautiful photographs of tribal costume and island life captured during a voyage to the West Indies. Contains 143 gelatin silver print photographs, some of which are extra-large prints, and one panoramic view, most of which are captioned in manuscript, in German. Photographs vary in size, the smallest measuring approximately 6 x 9 cm, and the largest 27 x 22 cm. With a manuscript title page illustrated with a photograph, also with a hand coloured manuscript nautical chart mounted to end pastedown showing a multi-national formation of vessels at the outer Firth of Forth, surrounding the Isle of May. Oblong Quarto album, maroon lacquered wood boards illustrated with floral motif featuring gilt vines and birds, thick cardstock leaves with gilt fore edge, green endpapers. Album measures approximately 37 x 27 x 6 cm. Some wear and minor chips to boards particularly at corners, otherwise in Very Good Condition, a pleasing album with numerous extra large and rare scenes. Title: "Zur Erinnerung an Marine Reisen. China-Japan 1907-1909." The German marine who compiled this album is not identified, but in chronicling his marine travels and duties he provides a most engaging visual account of China at the dawn of the revolution which would end the Empire era.