Portfolio Malay Peninsula: Old Photographs of Malaya and Singapore by C.J. Kleingrothe.
Little biographical information has come to light about the elusive Charles J. Kleingrothe, the photographer whose images of the Dutch East Indies and British Malaya are now highly sought after collector’s items. In the late 1860s, Kleingrothe worked for G.R. Lambert & Co., a leading photographer of Singapore whose prints had been compiled in a similar though less sumptuous volume years ago. When the plantation economy of Sumatra flourished in the latter half of the 19th century, G.R. Lambert opened a branch of its studios in Medan in 1888, then part of the old Deli Sultanate, for which Kleingrothe was put in charge. His pictorial record of Sumatra plantations of the day are unrivalled and was probably one of the few sources on this largely-forgotten phase in the history of the island. When the Medan branch declined and was subsequently wound up during the Great War in 1916, Kleingrothe too seemed to have disappeared without a trace.
Now comes this magnificent tribute to Kleingrothe’s genius and eye for detail, made possible when HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor – a long-time patron of the MBRAS – graciously consented to making his copy of Kleingrothe’s peerless portfolio, Malay Peninsula: Straits Settlements & Federated Malay States , published in 1907, once more accessible to the general public. This edition, however, reproduces only 139 of the 175 photographs that originally appeared in the collection, along with a new set of captions to elucidate the subject matter of each image which also includes the original captions as they appeared in Kleingrothe’s portfolio. Its original, now no doubt an item of remarkable rarity, took the form of a boxed portfolio containing a title leaf, colour map and photogravure reproductions set down on 72 loose leaf folios.
From the Collection of HRH Sultan Idris Shah of Selangor
Introduction by John Falconer, with captions by Neil Khor and Gretchen Liu
Size: 380x270mm. Hardcover
Produced and designed by Editions Didier Millet: 2009
Description:Â Antique map titled 'Insulae Indiae Orientalis'. Old map of Southeast Asia and the East Indies. It covers the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. This map originates from 'Atlas Minor GerardiÂ Mercatoris' by J. Hondius.Â
Artists and Engravers:Â Jodicus Hondius published the first 'Atlas Minor' in 1607 in response to the idea that there was a market for smaller, handier and cheaper Atlases to make the maps of Mercator available to a wider public; he probably engraved the maps himself. The early editions were printed by Hondius and jointly sold by Corn. Claes and Joh. Janssonius, who probably supplied and owned the letterpress.Â With Hondius death in 1612 the further editions were published still under his name by his widow and heirs until 1621 when the plates were sold to a London editor.
- Date: 1607
- Overall size: 21.5 x 17 cm.
- Image size: 19 x 14 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Minor wear, Latin text on verso. Please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'Chinese Punishment of the Rack'.Â Print of Chinese punishment of the rack. TheÂ rackÂ is a torture device consisting of a rectangular, usually wooden frame.Â This print originates from 'The Chinese Empire: historical and descriptive. Illustrating the manners and customs of the Chinese,in a series of steel engravings, from original sketches' by T. Allom
Artists and Engravers:Â Thomas AllomÂ (1804â€“1872) was an English architect, artist, and illustrator, who published books on his travels from Europe to the Middle East and throughout Asia.
- Date: 1859
- Overall size: 27 x 19.5 cm.
- Image size: 23 x 16 cm.
- Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Minor wear, blank verso. Please study image carefully.
Description: Antique print titled 'Motacilla, Flava'. This print depicts the Western yellow wagtail with nest and eggs (Dutch: gele kwikstaart). The western yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava) is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. This species breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia.
This print originates from 'Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven', Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.
Original text page included.
Artists and engravers:Â This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.
- Date: 1789
- Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
- Image size: 27.8 x 41.6 cm.
- Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.