Stillfried, Baron Raimund von Stillfried und Radenitz ; Beato, Felice or Felix. and Andersen, H.2 Views & costumes of Japan / by Stillfried & Andersen. Original photographs. ( albumen prints.
Yokohama, Stillfried & Andersen ca., 1878.Album with photographic titlepage and 45 photographs of which 23 are coloured by hand measuring 194 x 244 mm. All laid down on thick cardboard leaves. Rather luxurious 19th richly calf binding over wooden boards, ruled and tooled in gilt & blind, gilt edges with brass oval shield in the centre of the front side, brass dosses on every corner of back side. brass clasps. Skillfully rebacked. boards browned, photographs partly discoloured, especially in the margin, but in all in very good condition.
See Souvenirs from Japan by Winkel p. 26 :" Beato continued his photographic business until 1877 when he sold out to the firm of an Austrian, Baron von Stillfried. Beato stayed in Yokohama as a general merchant until 1884 after which time he settled in Rangoon...Baron Raimund von Stillfried und Radenitz was born in Bohemia in 1839. Like Beato , he travellled extensively before arriving in Japan... He came to Japan in 1870, apparently for the second time, with the ' Imperial Austrian Expedition' Von Stillfried decided to stay and established himself as a photographer in Yokohama. His photographs of Japan, shown at the 1873 Japan exhibition in Vienna, brought him fame not only in Austria but also in Japan. He regularly changed the name of his firm, for Example Stillfried & Co, ( 1871 - 1874); The Japan Photographic Association ( 1876) , and Stillfried and Andersen (1876 - 1879) , the firm that took over Beato's stock in 1877. Von Stillfried and Andersen produced an album, Views and costumes of Japan, in the late 1870s"
All custom photographs in a contemporary handcolouring. All views in black and white. We tried to identify the photographers. Some we could trace by books on the history of photography in Japan (as indicated) , others were identified by means of the Japanese old photographs database of the Nagasaki University. Presumably a lot of pictures are much older as 1878 as Stillfried take over the entire stock of Beato. We assume there are even pre 1870 photographs. A detailed description is giving below.
The photographs of Nagasaki/ Desima are all quite rare as they aren't in the database nor in the important work on Deshima : "Deshima. Its pictorial heritage ". As there was a number in the plate this number is giving in the description of the photographs.
1. Two Japanese women holding an umbrella.no 731. (R. Stillfried) 2. Portrait of a beautiful woman .Ukiyo-e bijin-ga .3 A mother carrying her child on her back in a sling slung. ( Felice Beato). no. 598 4. Two Japanese woman. A girl dancing to the shamisen ( Stillfried) 5. Two sumo wrestlers with in the middle the 'refere' gyoji. no 834 6. Two 'fighting' sumo wrestlers. no. 833. 7. Blind masseur. With a flute and a cane. no 791. 8. Woman around a smoking box holding a pipe. (Stillfried). 9. Hairdresser and two customers. One sitting in front of a mirror and the other sitting and waiting. 624. 10 Two women one wearing a Kasa 607. 11. Two warriors or Samurai ( Picture in Once upon a time p. 90. " Warriors of Olden days".R. Stillfried) no 780. 12 Six persons in front of a teahouse. 645. 13. Roadside teahouse. 14. A woman in a palanquin or kago with two carriers. no 701. 15. A woman in a palanquin or kago with two carriers. no 827. 16. A woman in a rickshaw or jinrikisha with two friends standing near and a man in front of the rickshaw. no 756.( R. Stillfried). 17. Odd Job Man. By Felice Beato. See once upon a time p. 79. no 18. A house-shaped boat or yakatabune. no 647. 19 Execution scenery??? 20. Shinchi and Dejima seen from Don-no-Yama (1) no 539. R. Stillfried. 21. /22. Two views on Nagasaki Harbor and bay. With on the right hand the graveyard for foreigners in Nagasaki. Together forming one large panorama of the entire bay area. 23. View in Nagasaki Small boat and houses near a river. In the plate Nagasaki. 24. One man and four women in front of a house. A wealthy family? 25.view of Takahoko Island at the mouth of the Nagasaki Harbour from Tomachi. The misty island in the centre is Takahoko Island. The cape sticking out from the right is Kanzaki, and from the left is Megami. In Tomachi, there was a guardhouse watching over boats coming into Nagasaki Harbour. In the plate Papenberg 550. 26. View of Takahoko Island with ship in front of the Island. Signed Papenberg 549. 27. View in the Main street of Deshima. Unknown photograph not in the Deshima Book.28. Tattooed man two persons. R. Stillfried. 30. Woman with vegetables and a man sitting with eating rice. Diner. 31. Man with sword kneeling. Important Japanese ( military / Samuri?) officials. 32. Three Ainu man. no 722. 33. Kioto. Sajiki platforms along the Kamo River, Kyoto no 529 R. Stillfried. 34. Big Bell of Daibutsu. " Daibutz-Bell 537". 35. Waterfront street and Hyogo Hotel " Kobe 513" Hiogo Hotel. 36/37. Two photographs together forming a large panorama of a castle. The Sakashita Gate of Edo Castle can be seen to the left over the moat, and to the right is the three-tiered Tatsumi turret in the castle tower. The moat with many gates and the turret were lost in an explosion of gunpowder storage in 1870 Signed. Tokio 455 and Tokio 454. 38. The city of Shinagawa facing the sea. R. Stillfried. " Shinagawa 480". 39. View on the harbour or a river in Kanasawa. " 355 Kanasawa". 40. View of the Island of Enoshima. " Signed Enoshima 344". 41. View inside Enoshima. The village with nummerous houses. " Enoshima 363". 42. A photo of the Kiga Spa from the direction of the present KKR Hakone Summer house. Haya River runs in the centre, and Suzawa River flows in from the left, and over the river are seen Kameya, Yakushido and Sengokuya to the fore etc. Kiga was a prosperous spa during the Meiji era. The mountain to the rear is Myojingadake. "Kiga 405" Beato??? 43. View on the Mountain Otomitoge. " Otomitoge 400". 44 Large statue of Daibutsu. " Daibutz 351" The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) in Kamakura was built in the 13th century in reaction to the Daibutsu in Nara. A symbol of political power in the east of Japan, it is a precious inheritance that reveals the popularity of the Pure Land Sect at that time.Daibutsu (the Great Buddha) of Kamakura by R. Stillfried. 45. The five-story pagoda, Toshogu Shrine, Nikko. R. STillfried. " Nikko 495".
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