Photographs - Ethnography

  • # 16636

    DUFTY, Edward Henry (1850-1905); DUFTY, Walter Frederick (1854-1919)

    Portrait of Gomenna, holding a gourd jar, New Caledonia, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a couple of tiny spots of foxing; the mount is fine. Although this photograph is not inscribed, the title and attribution are derived from the inscriptions on a photograph with the …

  • # 16644

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two young Kanak women in traditional dress, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the print with some light foxing, the mount fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak women was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. This identification, and the dating of the photograph to the late …

  • # 16642

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men holding spears and clubs, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print in very good condition, with slight loss of contrast; else in fine condition with good tonal range. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. …

  • # 16640

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a few faint spots of foxing; the mount is fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and …

  • # 13717

    LINDT, J.W. 1845-1926 (attributed)

    Flute players, Ambrym, New Hebrides, circa 1890

    Silver albumen print, cabinet card format, 105 x 165 mm, inscribed in the negative “No. 59 Ambrym, New Hebrides”; recto of mount embossed in gilt “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”; verso blank; the albumen print is in fine condition with excellent tonal range. A rare image capturing a performance by …

  • # 18484

    TITAYNA [pseud. of Elisabeth DESMARETS-SAUVY].; A.P. ANTOINE; R. LUGEON

    Chez les mangeurs d’hommes (Nouvelles Hébrides)

    Paris : Duchatre, 1931. Quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers (spine sunned), early owner’s inscription to front endpaper, pp 57, [3], followed by 80 photographic plates, including numerous full-page plates of masks (some coloured); a very good copy. A comprehensive survey of the traditional culture and ritual of the New Hebrides (Vanuatu).

  • # 18302

    Anon.

    [BLACK AMERICANA] An early genre stereoview with a scene of interracial courtship.

    [U.S.A.] : s.n., between 1860 and 1865. Stereoscopic albumen print photograph with hand colouring, each image 76 x 73 mm (irregular), on original yellow card mount, 85 x 175 mm, verso blank; both albumen prints are in good condition; the mount has some bruising at top left corner and mild handling wear. An intriguing early …

  • # 17961

    [FRANZEN, Claus, 1857-1947]

    [PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM] Die erste Reise S.M.S. Bismarck

    An important archive of photographs taken on the first voyage of the German Imperial Navy warship SMS Bismarck, 1879-1880, documenting the ship’s visits to Patagonia, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Sydney, Peru and the Falkland Islands. Provenance: From the Estate of Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), the “Iron Chancellor”. Folio portfolio, 450 x 360 mm, contemporary full crushed …

  • # 17916

    J. WILLIAMS & CO.

    [HAWAII] Photographic portraits of the Hawaiian royal family

    Circa 1875. Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, mount 165 x 110 mm, verso imprinted ‘J. Williams & Co., (Successors to M. Dickson), Photographers, 102 Fort Street, Honolulu, H.I.’, the albumen print is in fine condition; the back of the mount has a couple of ink smudges, but is otherwise clean and free from foxing. …

  • # 17914

    J. WILLIAMS & CO.

    [HAWAII] Photographic portrait of King Kalakaua

    Circa 1875. Albumen print photograph, cabinet card format, mount 165 x 110 mm, verso imprinted ‘J. Williams & Co., (Successors to M. Dickson), Photographers, 102 Fort Street, Honolulu, H.I.’, and with contemporary inscriptions in both ink and pencil: ‘King Kalakaua’; the albumen print with a couple of light marks bottom right, otherwise in very good …

  • # 17898

    GRAHAM-STEWART, Michael; McWHANNELL, Francis; DICKSON, Jonathan

    Bitter fruit : Australian photographs to 1963

    Melbourne : Michael Graham-Stewart, 2017. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket, 280 pp, illustrated in colour throughout with hundreds of photographs documenting the collision of Indigenous Australian and European cultures; the photographs, ranging in date from the 1850s to the 1960s and taken in every region of Australia, represent some …

  • # 17803

    Photographer unknown.

    Group of male dancers, northern Caroline Islands, circa 1910.

    Bromide print photograph, 85 x 113 mm, verso inscribed in pencil by the unknown photographer ‘N. Carolinen. Männer – Sitztänzer’ (=’Men – sitting dancers’); in fine condition, and with great detail when enlarged. This photograph of young male performers was taken towards the end of the German colonial administration of the Carolines, possibly on Yap or in the Ulithi …

  • # 17849

    Photographer unknown.

    [TORRES STRAIT; QUEENSLAND] Native dancer and musician, Murray Island.

    Circa 1910. Photomechanical process postcard, 90 x 140 mm, recto with printed caption in lower margin ‘Native dancer and musician, Murray Island’; postally unused, verso imprinted ‘Post Card’ with no publisher indicated. In very good condition. A rare photographic image of a masked dancer and musician playing a shark-mouthed drum, taken on Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres …

  • # 18483

    New Caledonia illustrated

    Nouméa : Imprimeries Réunies, 1942. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (sunned), staple bound, 32 pp, chiefly b/w photographic illustrations of  Canaque people, Nouméa, landscapes, etc.; with double page map at centre; a good copy. Text in English. Unrecorded in Australian collections.

  • # 16917

    TAPLIN, George, Rev. (1831-1879)

    The Narrinyeri : An account of the tribes of South Australian Aborigines inhabiting the Country around the Lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, and the Lower Part of the River Murray: their Manners and Customs, also an Account of the Mission at Port Macleay. 

    Adelaide : J.T. Shawyer, Printer, 1874. Octavo, original flushcut limp cloth (somewhat sunned) with printed title label to front (loss to top left corner of label), front pastedown with bookplate of John Calaby, frontispiece tipped-in albumen print photograph with montage of head-and-shoulder portraits of identified Narrinyeri (Ngarrindjeri) men and women by Townsend Duryea, pp. iv, [ii], …

  • # 16726

    BULMER, Howard D. (photographer)

    East Gippsland and its gateway. Containing views along the Prince’s Highway, including the Lakes, Buchan Caves, etc.

    Melbourne : Carter & Taverner, [1927]. First edition. Small oblong quarto, original red wraps (lightly marked), title embossed in gold, staple bound, pp. [34]; all-illustrated with full-page photographic plates (1 in colour); a good copy. The majority of the photographs are topographic; four show Indigenous people in the Lake Tyers area. The Bairnsdale-based photographer, Howard …