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Lot 191: CHINA - MONTGELAS, P.G.BOOK, ALBUM AND LOOSE PHOTOGRAPHS
China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
November 7, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Album, oblong 4to (193 x 280mm.), 61 glossy SILVER PRINTS (each 62 x 104mm., or the reverse), mounted on card, recto and verso, each captioned in ink in German on the mount, black calf, upper cover with initials 'P.M.' and coronet in gilt, rebacked retaining original spine
Montgelas, P. Gräfin. Ostasiatische skizzen mit einer Ansicht des Himmels-Tempels zu Peking. Munich: T. Ackermann, 1905, FIRST EDITION, 8vo, half-title, photographic frontispiece, original grey cloth [inscription dated 1907]
[with:] 11 loose large mounted photographs mostly taken in Peking (7 groups of western men and women, including diplomats and soldiers, many with names; 2 by S. Yamamoto), signed portrait of Elisabeth Casenave ("Peking, 1903"), view of Tientsin, and 2 military images (one of Sikh soldiers), some spotting and creasing to mounts
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Provenance: Pauline Countess von Montgelas (1874-1961), crest on album. Montgelas came to China in 1900 shortly after the Boxer Rebellion with her husband who was in the German diplomatic service, and resided in Beijing until 1903. The journal of her travels was published in 1905 (see above).