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ERINNERUNGEN AN UNSERE EXPEDITION NACH CHINA. PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM OF THE GERMANS
- China ca.[1900-1901]. 3/4 Gilt-stamped leather over buff cloth, very good, 25 x 29 cm., 30p., 26p. with photos, 2 per side = total of 104 photographs,16 x 11 cm., all very clean, albumen type, bit of fading, but clear, strong images. RARE! . . *** **** *** . . ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BOXER REBELLION 1900 . . THE GERMAN RECORD OF THEIR ACTION IN PEKING . . *** This is a wonderful, quite rare original period photo album. . It shows the German contingent sent to China to join in the defense of foreign embassies in Peking during the 1900 uprising of the siege of the Boxers. . The work begins with the group aboard the S.S. Strassburg from Bremen, and their landing in the German colony of Tsingtao, Tsingtau. From there, it was a long trek down to Peking in the snowy winter. . Classic photos posed for the camera & history [4 in all]. Arrival in China with more classic poses of the German troops before Chinese sights and in a temple where they were stationed. . One shows large wooden cases of their supplies stacked up in the temple garden with the commanders posing for a lovely memorial photos. Well taken photographs by the group's photographic officer, nicely composed and carefully taken, these are NOT tourist snap shots ! These average two photos per page. . * A group of German military men pose before a wide variety of Chinese pagodas and sights, some in long capes, spiked helmets, with Chinese officials ! Their arrival in Peking during a heavy snowfall in 1900 is documented by a series of superb & rare photographs from the Summer Palace where the lake is frozen ! Magnificent but frozen Peking sights, architectural views, palaces, Germans on the move with horse and carts through the snow as they deployment on orders to defend the foreign legations. . Inside a legation taking lunch [tiffin]; outside two or three Chinese Boxers were executed hands bound they lay face down in the snow. More photos of travel along the way, wonderful Chinese scenery & buildings, architecture, snowed in barracks, their visit to the Great Wall in the dead of winter with snow sprinkled all over. . A passage through Chinese villages and towns with long columns of German troops. One comic and lovely image of a German dressed in Chinese clothes, another in a Chinese garden. . A German celebration, Chinese and German open-air trial where the accused Chinese are on their knees before a magistrate, Germans playing badminton, leisure time in a garden, soldiers packing medical supplies on horses, and German headquarters &c. . * PEKING: A lovely series of photos showing the great sites of Peking and the Imperial Palace, large battalion of German soldiers on parade, another shows them marching to a great hall, destruction of Chinese buildings, superb views of fine Chinese architecture, lakes, bridges & bas-reliefs. . The Great Buddha with soldiers taking a memorial snap shot. A fascinating photo of "Coal Hill" and stunning panoramic bird's eye view of the Forbidden City. Interiors of the Forbidden city, Temple of Heaven, Emperor's throne & the great walled city. Germans guarding Chinese buildings, Japanese Embassy, Chinese gates and walls showing Chinese children saluting a German officer. . Magnificent temples with Fu-dogs, Germans playing tourists taking commemorative photos before many great sights. . Fascinating photographs of ordinary Chinese who pose for the German camera, with a German officer standing in the background and pagodas. Chinese officials, and photos of the German cemetery with tribute paid to fallen comrades. Huge temple guardians, stone bride & others. . * A final pair of photos grace the last page the upper shows a large contingent of Germans on parade as they are reviewed by their officers on horse-back, the lower shows them aboard a train, in preparations for departure back to Germany, thus ending the album. The remaining five pages are blank. . * This album is an excellent example of the German contingent in China during the historic Box
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