FOOCHOW AND THE RIVER MIN. A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS.

Lot Number 103
Author PROPERTY OF A FAMILY THOMSON, JOHN.
Title FOOCHOW AND THE RIVER MIN. A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS.
Year Published 1873
Place Printed LONDON
Printed By AUTOTYPE FINE ART COMPANY
Description PROPERTY OF A FAMILY THOMSON, JOHN. FOOCHOW AND THE RIVER MIN. A SERIES OF PHOTOGRAPHS. LONDON: AUTOTYPE FINE ART COMPANY, 1873 First (and only) edition, large oblong folio (362 x 558mm.), letterpress title, 2 page list of photographs and a 6 page introduction by Thomson, 80 carbon prints mounted on 50 leaves, comprising 40 large prints (from 105 x 310mm. to 248 x 300mm., or the reverse) and 40 smaller prints (124 x 97mm.), most with paper guards, original dark-green half morocco gilt, spine with raised bands gilt, upper cover titled in gilt, gilt edges, slight wear to title affecting text, spotting to title and mounts, paper guards browned or torn (some with loss), short tear to 2 mounts (25 and 37) not affecting the photographs, binding rather rubbed
Comments Diego Luis de Sanvitores' mission to evangelise the islands of the Chamorro archipelago (which he renamed the "Islas Marianas" in honour of the Queen Regent of Spain, Maria Ana of Austria, who financed the mission) started in 1688 and ended with his death in 1672 at the hands of the Chamorro chief Mata'pang. As well as recounting Sanvitores' missionary activity, the first in this area, Garcia's account gives detailed descriptions of the islands' geography and indigenous culture.
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Estimated Price GBP 70,000.00 - 100,000.00
( USD 117,600.00 - 168,000.00 )
Actual Price GBP 349,250.00 ( USD 555,307.50 )

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Auction House Sothebys
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Auction Name Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History
Sale Number #L12405
Auction Date November 15, 2012 - November 15, 2012
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