[*] Photographer unknown. Documentation album of the economic activities of British and German tradesmen in Lagos and surroundings. 1877 - 1882. Circa 84 albumen prints. Various sizes, most circa 16 x 22 cm and some 9 x 5,4 cm. Mounted to gilt-edged album leaves (strongly warped and solied), bound in contemporary brown full leather album (rubbed, scuffed and tear along spine).
An early documentation album of the British and German trade posts in Lagos, Abeokuta and surroundings. One group portrait shows agents and clerks of the British W & B Cie. (Witt & Brisch and another shows "Germans in Lagos. 1877". The early branch of the Lüderitz tobacco company in Lagos, probably with Adolf Lüderitz himself on the balcony can also be seen. One of the most interesting images shows a large group portrait of a Yoruba Chief and his 11 wives entitled "Waseoweh Padonou and his wives. From Porto Novo. Interpreter for W. & B.". Also includes an early view of Abeokuta (settlement), most likely this chieftan's seat. Two larger images show two ships at the new wharf in Lagos. The album also contains images of important buildings in early Lagos such as various Christian churches, the small Lagos court hall and the Government House of Gov. Knapp-Barow. At the end of the album there is a series of early carte-de-visite portraits of African types in Lagos. – A few prints faded, some with fold marks, many with strong contrasts and in good to very good condition.