LINDT, J. W. (John William) (1845-1926)
Picturesque New Guinea. With an historical introduction and supplementary chapters on the manners and customs of the Papuans; accompanied with fifty full-page autotype illustrations …
London : Longman’s, Green, and Co., 1887. First edition. Small quarto (260 x 200 mm), original green cloth lettered in gilt (rubbed and lightly marked), pp 194, illustrated with 50 autotype photographic plates; occasional foxing to the text pages (mostly limited to the preliminaries and last few leaves), but the autotypes are superbly crisp and bright, and the binding firm; a good copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to the front endpaper.
In 1885, photographer J.W. Lindt accompanied the expedition of recently appointed special commissioner Sir Peter Scatchley to the newly proclaimed Protectorate of British New Guinea. His record of the expedition, Picturesque New Guinea, was one of the first books to contain photographic illustrations produced by the autotype process – arguably the most effective of the photomechanical processes – and his work is acknowledged as one of the finest achievements in expedition photography ever published. Lindt’s magnificent photographs provide a vivid visual documentation of the traditional culture of the indigenous peoples of the southeast coast of New Guinea, as well as the landscape of the region and these peoples’ relationship to it. His extremely readable narrative is also filled with observations of an ethnographic nature, which enrich the images through the relevant and detailed information they contain.