Lot 4055: Indonesia: Midden-Sumatra Photographie-Album: Views of Central Sumatra
December 4, 2013
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Photographer: Daniel David Veth (1850 - 1885). "Midden-Sumatra Photographie-Album". 1877 - 79. 143 (of 145) albumen prints. Various sizes between 22 x 17 cm, 10 x 15,5 cm and 9 x 6 cm, mounted to 73 pages (40 x 31,8 cm), 1 to 6 images per page, each with printed number and caption on label affixed below the image on the mount (stronger foxing, some signs of wear), each with printed paper title labels below the images on the mount, in modern black cloth covered clamshell box with 8 pages of printed text (title page, introduction, list of photographs).
Between 1877- 79 the Royal Netherlands Geographical Society (Koninklijk Nederlandsch Aardrrjkskundig Genootschap) organized a scientific expedition to Central Sumatra (Dutch East Indies) led by Lieutenant Johannes Schouw Santvoort (Royal Dutch Navy), with members Daniel David Veth (geographer and photographer), Arend Ludolf van Hasselt (ethnographer) and Johannes Francois Snelleman (zoologist). Son of the geographer and ethnographer Pieter Johannes Veth (1814-1895), who supervised the publication of the present album, Daniel David Veth was educated in Dutch schools and attended technical colleges in Hanover and Stuttgart to learn engineering. In 1877 he was summoned to join the Central Sumatra expedition. The expedition's objective was to map the Hari River basin and to study the people and the natural environment of Central Sumatra. Veth was responsible for the photographs and mapping. He died an early death from dysentery after the gruelling conditions of an expedition in Africa led to his illness.
According to WorldCat only three known copies of this album exist in public collections worldwide: two copies are located in the Netherlands and one is in the Bibliothèque nationale de France. One copy is also in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. The album offered here is a near complete copy of this very rare and important photographic document with 143 (of 145) images on 73 (of 75) plates (plates # 108 and # 130 are missing). - Some prints faded, many larger photos with fading along edges, several larger photos with good contrasts and strong tones.
Artist or Maker: Indonesia