NP: NP, ca. 1905. Original photograph(s). Hardcover leporello. Oblong Duodecimo. 24 leaves leporello, 80 photographs (3 1/4 x 5 1/2" and 3 1/4 x 4 1/4")). Original brown lacquer binding with painted color illustration and three-dimensional mother-of-pearl heads mounted on cover, protected by modern mylar.
These pictures relate in part to the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905) showing photographs of the Russian cruisers Aurora, Oleg and Zhemchug. Originally commissioned into the Russian Baltic Fleet, the Oleg sailed around the world to relieve the blockade of the Russian Pacific Fleet at Port Arthur. The three cruisers were engaged in the Battle of Tsushima on May 15, 1905, with the cruiser Oleg being damaged in the battle but able to escape to the neutral port of Manila, e.g. a photograph of the Manila Cathedral. The cruiser Oleg remained in Manila for the remainder of the war. Fourteen photographs depict the cruise ships and crews with some shots of Manila, its people and surroundings, e.g. "Old Jim and his smile."
Following four photos of village and city scenes with one photograph depicting a junk on the waters at Shanghai harbor, eleven photos depict military and festival parades and several photos of the Russian cruiser Askold and its crew. Seven photos showing the USS Wisconsin, USS Cincinnati (C-7), among others, then four with American steamers, including the USS Pensacola and the USS Mohican, assigned in April of 1904 as a station ship at the Naval Station, Olongapo, Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines, and 1 month later sailed via Honolulu, Guam, and Cavite for her new station, arriving 4 February 1905.
Three pictures of Hong Kong, three of US Navy ships, including USS Oregon deployed to the Asiatic Squadron, serving during the Philippine–American War and the Boxer Rebellion in Qing China. The ship returned to the United States in 1906. Picture of Manila and four with ship crews. Four photos of China showing a view of Chinkiang, the Great Wall, three ship crews, three Chinese sculptures, the accommodations of military personnel, farmers in the field and a few unidentified settlements and buildings. Most of the pictures with handwritten captions in photographs. Lacquer with six inch by half an inch chip along top of front cover, not affecting figurative depiction with some small chips along edges of front and back cover, here a three inch scratch at lower left corner. Very good condition. Item #47113