Circa 124 vintage collodion paper prints. Each circa 11,5 x 15,5 cm and reverse. Mounted to album boards (time-stained in edges), annotated in German in ink on album boards, bound in Japanese black lacquer album (some chips, spine missing) with painted genre scene on front cover, inside fly leaves with hand-painted Japanese genre scene and handwritten dedication in ink dated 1913 and signed Retzlaff.
Highly interesting album compiled by a high ranking German officer circa 1911-1913. The images include some rare photos of monuments and temples including the famous Treaty Temple, Tsingtau train station, pagodas, opium smokers, an old mill, religious figures near the Ming tombs, Chinese beauties, harbor scenes with war ships and daily rural life. Also includes street views of Tsingtau and panoramic views of Hong Kong and Port Arthur. The album also includes a group photograph of Prince Heinrich together with other Chinese high ranking officials. Prince Heinrich of Prussia, the Emperor's brother, had participated in the stationing of German protection troops after the original occupation of Kiauchou in 1897 under the leadership of Admiral von Diederichs. In this album he is seen visiting the region a year before the outbreak of World War I and the subsequent capture of Kiautschou by the Japanese. The armored cruiser "Gneisenau", which Heinrich travelled to China on, is also shown. The dedication on front flyleaf reads: Für hervorragende Leistungen beim Preisschießen am 3.1. 1913, drei Schuß, liegend freihändig, 150 m, 24 Ringscheibe, 68 Ringe.
Tsingtau, 15. 2. 1913 Retzlaff, Hauptmann u. … [?]
– Some prints with light surface rubbing or small spots, some faded, most very strong and clear images in very good condition.