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Auction: Rare images of Africa, China, Java and India by 19th century photogaphy pioneers

This Bonhams auction in London on 4th Dec includes an exceptionally rare set of two volumes of photographic albums of Java in the Dutch East Indies by the pioneering Victorian photographers, Walter Woodbury and James Page. Containing some 60 topographical views and portraits, mostly around Batavia, they are estimated to sell for between £10,000-15,000.

Another lot on offer is an album of 180 views and portraits taken in Ethiopia by Captain Tristram Charles Sawyer Speedy(1836-1910). It also includes some self-portraits of Captain Speedy himself and us estimated to sell for £600-800.

You can check the rest of the lots here.

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