[JAPAN AND CHINA] BEATO, FELICE (1832-1909), and others.
Album of mounted albumen prints of Japan and China, likely collected 1870s. Three-quarters morocco, with 36 mounts on guards each 14 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches (52 x 28 cm). Japan: approximately 87 mounted albumen prints, including 58 hand-colored images of types and occupations (mounted in pairs), including a number identifiable as by Beato; the balance being views of Japanese cities, shrines etc. China: approximately 32 mounted albumen prints, including 16 hand-colored images of types and occupations, and sixteen views. Most images identified on the mount at an early date in ink. Binding very worn, some mounts loose, edges chipped, the images in sound condition. According to a pencilled note, collected by Lieutenant Frank W. Nabor U.S.N.
Nabor, the collector of this album, was assigned to the U.S.S. Monocacy on the Asiatic Squadron of the U.S. Navy in the 1870s. He seems to have been on sick leave as of 1880, and was dead by 1883. Most of the images of Japan appear to be by Felice Beato, one of the finest of the ethnographic photographers working in the Far East. Some we have been unable to attribute, and these are possibly by Raimund von Stillfried, who took over Beato's studio and stock in 1877.
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