NP: NP, ND (ca 1898). Original photograph(s). Hardcover. Oblong octavo (5 1/2 x 7 1/4"). Contemporary full decorative cloth.
Scarce accordion-fold photo-album containg 24 striking albumen prints depicting daily scenes in Seoul before the Japanese military occupation and annexation of 1905.
The photographs, 12 on each side of the album, depict the following: A water carrier; A house-to-house vendor of pots and pans; People dressed in traditional clothes; People posing in front of a tramway adorned with Korean flags; Views of Buddhist temples and administrative buildings; Traditional fishing boats by the Han River; Bride wearing a traditional Korean wedding dress; Women and children on a partly snow-covered hillside; Sungnyemun (Gate of Exalted Ceremonies) and Heunginjimun (Gate of Rising Benevolence), two of the eight gates along the Fortress Wall of Seoul; Gyeongbokgung (the royal palace of the Joseon dynasty), as well as seven single and group portraits of dignitaries and members of the Korean Imperial family, such as Heungseon Daewongun (1820-1898), known as Prince Gung, and regent of Joseon during the minority of Emperor Gojong in the 1860s; King Gojong and first emperor (Emperor Gwangmu) of the Korean Empire, and his son, Sunjong (1874-1926) who reigned from 1907 to 1910, and was forced to abdicate by the Japanese.
Each original photograph measures 4 x 5 1/2" and is mounted onto a 5 x 7" heavy cardstock. Album foxed and partly frayed along edges. Some age-toning along paper margin. Sporadic and very minor abrasion to some photographs. Album in fair to good-, interior in good to very good condition. Protected by modern mylar. g to vg. Item #44694