Hobart: Anson's Photographs. Hardcover. Very good. Souvenir view book printed in Germany for this Australian photography firm. Undated, internal evidence places it between 1890 and 1892. 5.75 x 4.25 inches (oblong). Red paper-covered boards decorated in gilt and black, containing 14 accordion-folded photolithographic (albertype or a similar process) views. Brothers Joshua, Henry, and William Anson established their photography studio in Hobart in the late 1870s and developed a trade in souvenir views of Tasmania. They published more than one view book with the name "Picturesque Southern Tasmania" (we have seen two different ones, and there may be others). This one focuses on the penal colony at Port Arthur (which was by then closed and being promoted as a tourist attraction) and the nearby landscape. The views are: Hall and Cell Divisions, Model Prison; Exercise Yards and Solitary Cell, Model Prison; Chapel in Model Prison; Invalide Depot & Lunatic Asylum; Commandant's Quarters, From Magazine; View from the Grounds, Commandant's Quarters; Underground Cells at Point Puer; Arthur Peak and Cliffs at Point Puer; Eagle Hawk Neck; Tesselated Pavement, Eagle Hawk Neck; Blow-Hole, Eagle Hawk Neck; Entrance to Blow Hole, with Breaking Waves; Rock Scenery, Entrance to Blow Hole; and Tasman's Arch, Eagle Hawk Neck. Views are in very good condition, cloth spine of album is partially separated from rear board and boards are edgeworn. On the rear pastedown, a label from "Mrs. Richardson, Fancy Goods Importer, Richardson Street" covers part of the Anson's Photographers label. Around the edge is written in pencil: "Remember the last day with Mac. Viers. Purser Hunter at Hobart. Drive to Fern Tree Hotel Mt. Wellington. Jan 28, 1892 M.E. Hunter."
List 12: A Walkabout
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Faux red crocodile leather album, 10 x 14 in., with embossed gilt lettering and metal clasp closure, 40 black paper leaves interleaved with glassine on which are mounted ca. 125 black and white photographs ranging in size from 2 x 3 to 5 x 7 inches. Titled in Russian on the front: “Memories of My Service in Germany.” Laid in are several pieces of Armenian-language handwritten correspondence, documents, recipes and newspaper clippings. A few photos with small stains, but overall very good condition. The owner of the album is identified on the inside front cover (in Armenian) as "General Lieutenant G. Hovakimyan," who served in the Russian Army during World War II and was a highly decorated officer. The album includes many images of Hovakimyan and other officers in uniform at various times and places, as well as family photos. Unfortunately, none are captioned. Nonetheless, this is an uncommon and interesting record of an Armenian officer and his family.
Archive of seven typed letters totaling 32 pp, dated between February and June of 1916, all in very good condition. The letters were written by the manager of the Batu Lima Estate rubber plantation near Sandakan, British North Borneo, to the plantation's owner, a German named G. Sembill, who had been forced by the British to leave the country after the outbreak of World War I. These are carbon copies that were sent to the U.S. Consul, George M. Hanson. Hanson was asked by Sembill to keep an eye on operations, and he travelled the few miles from Sandakan to the plantation regularly to check on the work and accounts. The author of the letters, a Singalese man from Ceylon named Lingham, appears to have been the main on-site manager of the Estate (although Hanson refers to him as the accountant). From the narrative it seems that Sembill had doubts about how the plantation was being run, as Lingham is continually apologetic (though in one letter, he complains, "you mis-understand or rather give immediate orders so as to confuse something and weary my brain of what I should do or which thing should be done first as everything is important and urgent in your notes"); this may be why Hanson was asked to oversee things. These fascinating, detailed letters discuss problems of the weather, labor issues with “coolies” and other hired help ("Hussain and Ah Hong are living in one house and there goes some affairs between Hussain’s wife and Ah Hong"); serious and apparently expensive problems with weeds, and problems with wild pigs destroying the rubber trees. Other topics include stumping, tapping, planting, estate expenditures and bills, and general estate gossip. During his time in Borneo, George Hanson wrote many articles about his experiences, including one that discusses this particular plantation . A copy of this article, published In the American Consular Bulletin for August 1923, accompanies the archive.
Colombo: Times of Ceylon, . Hardcover. Very good. 8vo, 233 pp, with index, illustrations from photographs, folding map. Publisher's paper boards with parchment spine, mounted half-tone photo of an elephant on the front board. Small tear at base of spine, mild spine slant, all else very good. Third edition, and the first to include the map. Bella Woolf (1877–1960) was the sister of author Leonard Woolf (and sister-in-law of Virginia Woolf). Her second marriage was to the British colonial administrator Tom Southorn, and she wrote both fiction and non-fiction drawing on her experiences at his various postings. This book, which was first published in 1914, is considered the first pocked guide to the island. It provides detailed information for the traveler, including practical information on train schedules, auto and rickshaw rentals, climate, currency, etc., as well as many suggested itineraries with considerable detail of the history and culture of each site. An introductory chapter discusses Caylon's history and the inhabitants and their occupations and mode of dress, and an afterword offers Woolf's reflections on "life below the surface that is only skimmed by the tourist," with particular attention to the lives of women.
Canadian Pacific Railway, 1900. Softcover. Very good. 8vo, 77 pp. with colored folding map. Stated "eighth edition," but we find no evidence of any actual earlier editions.Original pictorial wrappers.Minor damage to paper at lower spine, otherwise very good.. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (b. 1856, Clinton, IA) was an American writer and photographer who traveled extensively in the Far East, was the first female board member of the National Geographic Society, and is also credited with the idea of planting Japanese cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC. This book was apparently commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, which offered steamer service to the Orient. It "indicates the chief points of beauty and interest along the route and in Japan and China, dealing at sufficient length which each subject to satisfy the casual observer, and referring those who desire more detailed information to the several sources from which it may be obtained."
New York: Unz & Co. Print. Undated, ca. 1914. 5.5 x 7.5 in., oblong; 32 pp, with two maps (one folding), illustrations from photographs.Color-illustrated stapled wrappers. One gathering detached from staples, a few minor marginal annotations; all else very good. The maps are "Outline Map of St. Anna Harbor, Curacao, Dutch West Indies" and an untitled map showin shipping routes and distances from Curacao to ports in the U.S., England, France, Spain, Italy, Chile, and South Africa. The text promotes Curacao as having "the best natural harbor in the world," ideally placed for steamers en route to the Panama Canal to safely and quickly refuel with affordable coal. The illustrations show the wharves populated with ships from around the world, and testimonials are reproduced from customers who have been satisfactorily supplied with coal and fresh water by Maduro & Sons. The company was founded in 1837 and remains in business today. OCLC locates two copies, one in Curacao and one in the Netherlands.
Published for the Association of Czechoslovak Spa Visitors and Friends of Karlovy Vary. Undated, ca. 1928. 5 x 9 in., pp 35,  (ads), with illustrations from photographs. Wrappers somewhat soiled, faint odor of cigarette smoke; good. Karlovy Vary [called Karlsbad in Germnan and Carlsbad in English] is a spa town in western Bohemia known for its many hot springs. This book seeks to promote tourism to Czechoslovakia in general and Karlovy Vary in particular on the grounds that "visits to climatic spas and health resorts together with traveling are a necessity for educated people and are the best means for the prevention and cure of diseases and for the maintainence of health." The qualities of the different spas are described in some detail, as are the complaints treated and cures effected. For those who tire of bathing, there are also itineraries for walks and sightseeing excursions. One copy located in OCLC, at the National Library of the Czech Republic.
New York: French Press and Information Service, . 8.25 x 10.75 in., 16 pp, with six half-tone illustrations showing the Saint-Laurent Penitentiary, political and economic map of French Guiana on back cover. Stapled wrappers. Some general handling wear; very good. Written for an American audience, this booklet seeks to dispel French Guiana's reputation -- fueled by several "sensational films depicting tortured, starved men or melodramatic convict escapes" -- as a "hell on earth" with a "pestilential climate, a population of confirmed criminals, fever-infested towns, forests full of savage beasts and poisonous serpents and seas teeming with man-eating sharks." The text provides a short history of the colony and description of its geography and natural resources, and explains that the penal colony is in the process of being disbanded, health conditions have improved, and asserts that "with the renewal of plantation and stock-farm activity, French Guiana can quickly become self-supporting. It has every potentiality for evolving into a prosperous and up-to-date country which will soon efface all traces of it's ill-starred past." Five pages are dedicated to a discussion of the history and future of the penal settlement.
Hanoi: F.-H. Schneider, 1900. First Edition. Softcover. Good. 3.75 x 6 in., pp 119,  (ads), with five folding maps (four colored) and two folding tables. Original printed wrappers. Some chipping at spine ends. Rare guide to the French protectorate of Tonkin, now northern Vietnam. Intended as the first in a series of "Petits Guides Indo-Chinois," it describes the region's postal, telegraph, and monetary systems; gives timetables and other details on steamer service and railroad travel, and offers practical tips on local customs, clothing, health and hygiene, etc. Brief histories are provided of the principal cities and their attractions. In addition to a general map of French Indochina the maps are: "Plan de la Ville de Haiphong," Plan de la ville de Hanoi," "Carte des voies fluviales du Tonkin," and "Carte du Reseau des Chemins de Fer de l'Indo-Chine." At the rear are ads for hotels and restaurants, horseback riding lessons, wine and spirits, a pharmacy, clothing stores, books, fabric, and more. Not found in OCLC or KVK.
Commercial photograph album, 7.5 x 9.25 in., containing 120 original b/w photographs, as well as a hand-drawn, colored Oktoberfest menu. Photos are approximately 2 x 3 in. Some wear on boards, all 32 pages interleaved with glassine, almost all photographs captioned in a clear hand; very good. A commemorative album for Löwenbräu head master brewer Joseph Schülein (active 1895-1938) and his son, Dr. Hermann Schülein, who was instrumental in the management and development of the company's brand. The photographs show the interior and exteriors of Löwenbräu beer halls and taverns in Munich, Rottach, Sttutgart, Bad Reichenhall, Rosenheim, Utting, Herrsching, and other locales in Southern Germany, many of them small towns. Captions identify the buildings and the dates they were opened or re-opened. Among them is the Bürgerbräukeller, which has been the largest beer hall in Munich since the 19th century, when Löwenbräu merged with Bürgerliches Brauhaus. The Bürgerbräukeller was damaged Allied bombing in 1945, and some of the photographs here document its reconstruction. The building served as an American Red Cross Club starting in late 1945 and became a Special Services club before the renovations in 1947. A valuable record of post-war German reconstruction and the expansion of the Löwenbräu brewing empire.
Boston and Swampscott, MA: Ainslie and Grabow Press, . 5 1/8 x 7 3/4 in., pp. 98,  (ads), with two folding maps, illustrations from photographs. Original illustrated wrappers.Spine heavily chipped, rear wrapper partially detached, travel agent's stamp on front free endpaper and inner rear cover. Good. Scarce early automobile guide for Jamaica, providing a general history and description of the island and its principal towns, description of the most common tourist itineraries, and practical information for the traveler--including the country's motor laws, enacted in 1905. An extensive advertising section includes ads for steamer lines, auto touring companies, taxis, hotels, and local purveyors of rum, sugar, cigars, wine, clothing, and other merchandise. One of the maps simply shows Jamaica's location in the Caribbean, but the other is a tourist map of the island with motor routes indicated in red and profile of the Jamaica Railway line from Kingston to Montego Bay.
Nakatsucho, Japan: ca. 1910. 7.5 x 10.5 in., oblong, in string-tied faux-leather boards. Some edgewear, one tie replaced and one lacking. Very good. Souvenir view book with two pages of text in Japanese, folding map, and 34 half-tone photographic plates captioned in Japanese and English. Located in the upper and middle reaches of the Yamaguni River in Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture, the Yabakei Valley is considered one of Japan's most beautiful scenic areas. Among the views included here are Sugi Village from Blue Grotto, Peak of Kyoshu, Hachioji Rock, Rakanji Temple, Goryu Falls, Nembutsu Bridge, and other bridges, waterfalls, and geologic formations.
Railway Bureau, Government General of Chosen, 1931. First Edition. 6 x 9 in., 45 pp, in attractive pictorial wrappers, with illustrations from photographs throughout, double-page colored Sketch Map of Chosen at the center. Light edgewear; near fine. As conveniently explained in the Introduction, "This publication has been prepared for the express purpose of presenting in a very concise form the present state of development and the future programme of the railways in Chosen and the important function that the system performs in developing and changing the economical and social condition of the country." It includes a history of railroad construction in the country, plans for future development and their management by the South Manchuria Railway Company, social welfare programs for railroad employees, and the influence of the railroad on agriculture and various industries. The last 15 pages offer more general information of interest to the tourist, including roads and motor car service, and principal cities and places of interest. Four copies located in OCLC.
Tamatave, Madagascar: 1892-93. Single Issue of this dual-language Madagascar newspaper, dated 15 November 1892, reporting on the Death of U.S. Vice-Consul Richard M. Whitney and accompanied by an ALS to Whitney's brother, providing an account of his death. The newspaper is four pages, with the first page containing articles in English under the masthead of The Madagascar Mail, the second page containing ads in both English and French, and the final two pages containing articles in French under the masthead of Le Courrier de Madagascar. 12.5 x 18.5 inches, on newsprint. In delicate condition, with some archival reinforcements, but clean and complete. The English and French articles are entirely different (not translations of the same material). The English section includes a lengthy article on the death of Richard M. Whitney, a Massachusetts businessman and Civil War veteran who had lived in Madagascar for 22 years and was Vice-Consul at the time of his death from "Malagasy fever" at the age of 53. The article describes Whitney as a man of great integrity and much-loved member of the community and says "the whole male population of Tamatave" turned out for his funeral. With the newspaper is a two page autograph letter from a local man to Whitney's brother, giving details of his final hours and the disposition of his possessions. The remainder of the English section of the paper and most of the French section is devoted to political and legal matters. By 1892, France had invaded Madagascar and the British had accepted the imposition of a French protectorate on the island, but French authority was not yet acknowledged by the government of Madagascar. The Madagascar Mail/Courrier de Madagascar appears to have been published from 1891 to 1894. We locate only one institutional holding of this paper, at the Biblioteque Nationale.
Compania Litografica y Tipografica, 1900. 30.5 x 41 inches, mounted on linen and dissected into 32 sections, folding into marbled boards with mounted label. Sound wear to the boards and discoloration to the linen backing, but overall a very good example of this large, highly detailed map of Mexico City in 1900. In addition to the full identification of streets and rail lines, the key includes 194 sites, including dozens of churches and cathedrals, shops and markets, telegraph offices, hotels, theaters, and public buildings. A scarce map offering a comprehensive view of Mexico City at a time when modern systems of transportation and communication were just being developed.
East London, South Africa: East London Municipality and the South African Railways and Harbours, 1927. Softcover. Very Good. 5.25 x 8.25 in., 53 pp, with b/w illustrations from photograph, maps, in original illustrated wrappers. Light handling wear, slight dampstain visible on upper spine of wrappers only; very good. Promotes East London, South Africa (located on the nation's southeast coast) as a health resort and "a positively ideal place, whether for a holiday, professional or commercial life, or retirement." The city's beaches are described in some detail, followed by sections on recreation (boating, fishing, lawn tennis, cricket, golf, motoring), housing, attractions, and agriculture and industry in the surrounding districts.