Brief account of the Visit of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught to Hongkong in April 1890 - Compiled from the local journals and other sources.

HURLEY R. C. attrib (1890.)


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First and only edition. 5 original large albumen photographs mounted on cardboard (measuring between 26,7x18,3cm and 15,5x20,4cm, slightly faded) with printed captions in English and facing tissue guards. Small folio. Bound in red morocco, lower right corner of frontispiece mount bashed (not detached, and not affecting the photograph), overall a very good copy. 36(text)pp. Hong Kong, Noronha & Co. 

Prince Arthur (1850-1942), the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, visited the colony together with his wife in April 1890. During his visit he oversaw the laying of a foundation for major reclamation work on the north shore of Hong Kong island (shown on one of the photographs). The Duke had spent four years with the British Army in Bombay and was on his way to Canada stopping off in Shanghai and Japan. The photographs show the arrival and subsequent festivities and celebrations for the Royal couple. The text gives details of proceedings, extracts from important speeches, as well as the seating plan for the formal dinner on the day of their arrival. Extremely rare. Only two copies in OCLC: National Library of Australia (lacking plates) and Cambridge University. Hurley was the main British photographer active in Hong Kong during the 1890s and it is very likely that he would have been given the task of covering this event. Very rare. Only two copies in OCLC (Cambridge Univ. & National Libr.of Australia)  

Stock Code: 231358

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