Portfolio of 12 full-paged plates from original photographs of members of the native Maori community, with a thirteenth image affixed to the front cover, each image with brief caption such as "Mairie The Arawa Beauty", "A Tribal Belle", "Poi Dancer, Whakarewarewa", and "Maori Woman Weaving Taniko". Images mounted along top edge to cardstock pages, one small corner of one image folded over. Oblong 8vo. Original cardstock wrpps. with grommeted spine, some paper loss along spine, wear to edges, minor abrasions, corners with slight creasing. Wellington, New Zealand (Pringle) n.d. (circa 1907).
Thomas Pringle was a British-born photographer who came to New Zealand with his wife in 1882 and opened a fancy goods store. In 1895 he joined the Wellington Camera Club, where he won many photography competitions. In 1901 he was employed by the newly-formed Department of Tourist and Health Resorts, the first government tourist department in the world, to produce photographs to promote tourism to New Zealand. Some of his best-known works were four series of chromolithographic postcards depicting New Zealand scenery and the Maori people. (Bill Main, 2001) Very scarce; as of August 2018, WorldCat locates only two holdings in North American institutions.
Book ID: 48945