Les forest de Cochinchine [Vietnam].
Vietnam, Duyen Ng, 1935. Oblong photo album (24.5 x 34.0 x 2.5 cm) with 29 mounted b/w photographs (each ca. 22.5 x 16.5 cm). Cloth-covered boards with gilt lines and gilt-titled morocco label mounted on the front board.
The photographs show rivers and tropical lowland forests, as well as villages -with large trees- and people in "Cochinchine"; probably most, if not all, from the extreme south of Vietnam (one building bears a sign with "Nam.Can.Ouest", which is currently situated in the Vietnamese province of Bac Lieu). The album deals principly with the lumber trade: on several photo versos, there are handwritten descriptions of the trees, with their local and Latin name, as well as the exact locality. Each is captioned "Service Forestier de Cochinchine", and numbered. Other photos deal with fishing, or show the wider environments. Several photographs are signed "Ng-Duyen". Duyen Ng is a common name in this area and could not be traced to a particular photographer. On the versos, there are handwritten notes about the place where each of the photographs was taken. Above the first photograph, someone has written in pencil "Album executé en 1935 quand j'étais garde de la Cochinchine". Garde is the French word for guard, but here it means forester. Some photos lightly toned, but generally in a very good condition. A very nice, unique item.