PLAYFAIR (LT.- Colonel Sir Robert Lambert), ADAMSON (Dr John), HILL (David Octavius), ADAMSON (Robert) etc.

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PLAYFAIR (LT.- Colonel Sir Robert Lambert), ADAMSON (Dr John), HILL (David Octavius), ADAMSON (Robert) etc.

69 Photographies au sel argentique et albuminées, montées recto-verso (sauf 5 portraits ajoutés), 3 photos rehaussées en couleurs, montés dans un album grand in-8 (257 x 172 mm.), demi-chagrin à coins pourpre de l'époque, dos abimé, plat et quelques feuillets détachés. Joint : Sir Robert Lambert Playfair. a History of Arabia felix or Yemen from the commencement of the christian era to the present time. including an account of the British settlement in A den. Bombay, Education Societys Press, Byculla, 1859. Grand in-8, xii, 193 pp. (errata), une carte coloriée légèrement déchirée, toile chagrinée de l'époque avec dos remonté, cachet. Un album de photographies rare et important, compilé par Sir Henry Barkly (1815-1898) qui contient les toutes premières photographies connues d'Aden, prises par Playfair (1828-1899). These photographs of Aden are earlier than any held in the Oriental and India Office Collections in the British Library. The photographs in this album includes 8 views of Aden, they are as follows: 1. Shrine/tomb near Crater.2. Sirah Fort (?). 3. View of front bay. 4. Crater. 5. Main pass between Crater & Maalla. 6. Yemeni with a sword. 7- Gold Muhr Valley natural arch. 8. Jebel Shamsan highest point of Aden. Three hightened views with watercolour, one of a Yemeni. A collection of 43 individual and group portraits of the Playfair family (and others), some by Dr. John Adamson (1810-1870) a medical doctor and curator of the St. Andrews Literary and Philosophical Society Museum in Scotland from its formation in 1838 until his death in 1870. Adamson learned about photography through correspondence with one of its inventors, William Henry Fox Talbot. He primarily made portraits and views of the countryside near his home; He also taught photography to his brother, Robert Adamson. Four views in the album are of St. Andrews by Hill and Adamson (c. 1846), 11 group shots and colonial buildings and 3 unidentified views. The portraits include Robert Lambert Playfair, George Ranken Playfair (1816-1881), Lyon Playfair (1818-1898), Dr William Smoult Playfair (1835-1903) and miss Jane Playfair, some taken by John Adamson, who believed to have taken the first portrait in Scotland, a calotype made in St. Andrews; in May 1840.
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