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[France 1997 Privately Published]. Stiff wrs, 256p., 142 bw. photos of postcards, biography of Dieulefils, a superb guide and reference, "NEW UNUSED COPY," French text, 21 x 30 cm. FIRST & ONLY LIMITED EDITION [OF 250 COPIES] ** R A R E ! THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SINGLE MONOGRAPH ON THE PHOTOGRAPHIC POSTCARDS PRODUCED BY DIEULEFILIS IN INDO-CHINA FIRST & ONLY SMALL EDITION OF [250] COPIES ONLY This meticulous work, was written by Thierry VINCENT. This uniquely superb reference covers the photographs taken by the most celebrated French photographer working in Indo-China from around 1900-1910. He photographs remain as some of the very best visual records of the life, people, customs, native peoples [Moi or Montagnards] and other native residents of North and South Vietnam [Annam & Tonkin]. Dieulefils took superb photographs, meticulously recording for posterity, the best images on old Vietnam: Tonkin, Cochin-chine, Annam, Laos, Cambodia & of Angkor during this period. The work is also a major reference and copious list of the photo-illustrated postcards he produced, a catalogue raisonne and guide to his cards. Collectors, dealers and others cite "Dieulefils Numbers" when referring to any of his 4800 numbered cards, some say he actually produced more than 5000 different cards in all. Lovely photographs of some of this best work. There are only three reference books of any substance on the subject of Indo-Chine postcards, this being the most copious, valuable and useful. RAREITY: Since its Private Publication, in a very small edition, this reference book has always been RARE and SCARCE. THE BEST ILLUSTRATED REFERENCE ON THE SUBJECT OF INDO-CHINA: This work is clearly the single most useful reference on the subject. Dieulefils had his photographic studio in Hanoi and traveled widely throughout all of Indochine. His composition skill at taking great photographs of the native people, magnificent sights, local temples and architecture, of the French and their influence in terms of architectural structures: bridges, harbors, municipal and government buildings, monuments, statues, military [French, Algerian and local Vietnamese soldiers "Tirailleurs"], opium smokers, women, ethnic and minorities or Montagnards [aka. Moi]. The heroic and patriotic role of the "pirates" or other "insurgents" who openly resisted and fought the French, often they poisoning their food and drinking water, in desperation. The tragic and brutal treatment after their capture and their severe punishment by the French. The resulting firing squad, beheading, Guillotine or long imprisonment for both men and women resistors are recorded for posterity. PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE VIETNAMESE ROYALTY: KINGS, QUEENS, LAOS, AND THE CAMBODIANS RECORDED FOR POSTERITY: Vietnamese royalty, the king, his capital in Hue, Mandarins, the rich, Mekong delta & rural country life, villages, junk life, celebrations: marriage, funerals, Tet [New Year], Cholon & other Chinatowns and the Chinese residents, of life in general, and most of all, documenting what Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian life was like during that period. Of Angkor and its magnificent sights. Lists all known series done by Dieulefils throughout the area of Indochine & China as well as in Yunnan, Peking and other places in China. By and large a superbly written, and most useful resource & window to Indochine. REFERENCE: ENGELMANN, Francis. L'INDOCHINE A LA BELLE EPOQUE: Un Reve D'Aventure 1870-1914. Please inquire with us, we may have the above reference. .
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